Sunday, March 11, 2018

Challenge for Ages 16 and Up

Evan Kooyer caught this 25 inch walleye, Feb. 24, 2018, while ice fishing on Long Lake
Hey fishermen and women,

Have you been recording your catch for the Adult Fishing Challenge?  Winter is almost done.  Did you go ice fishing?  Catch any big ones on Long Lake?  You should print off the entry form for the Long Lake Association Adult fishing Challenge.  Record the length of that great fish before you forget.  Show off your skill by catching a "big one" of each species.
  • Follow all MN Fishing Regulations! 
  • Fish often! 
  • One Entry per Person ages 16 and above. 
  • It is not necessary to include a length for each fish listed, but we encourage everyone to try and catch at least one from each species.
  • Top 3 totals will be awarded prizes ($25, $15, $5) at the 2018 Annual Meeting and you do not need to be present to win. Winners will be notified by email and information posted on the website.
  • Photos are not necessary for this challenge, but we all like seeing fishing pictures and hearing fish stories, so please send them along at any time to for posting on and Facebook.
Find out how to send your entry by clicking here.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Long Lake's Water Quality, A Twenty Year Report

Did you know that it takes about 4 years for water to  flow through Long Lake?  We need to be vigilant by checking the water year by year.  Our team of volunteers has been sampling the water for the last 20 years to monitor any accumulation or trends.  Our association has been paying RMB Environmental Laboratories to analyze the samples.  Their 20 year report is given on our web page:  Water Quality Data  and at this link:  Full Water Quality Report.

The report shows that Long Lake continues to be one of the best lakes in the region for water quality, recreational opportunities, and nurturing fish.  The 20 year report concludes with the following paragraph:  The good news is that for now, the water quality of the lake is not declining. There is a tipping point, though, at which more phosphorus addition can cause a decline in water quality.  A DNR study on phosphorus sensitivity placed Long Lake in the highest category group for most sensitivity to added phosphorus.  Conversion of more land to development or agriculture should be carefully planned, and its effect should be mitigated through the implementation of best management practices.”

Run-off into the lake increases phosphorus, which increases algae growth.
The report states that this can be limited by:
  • Homeowners restoring shoreline and using rain gardens.  See:
  • Limiting agricultural run-off by wetland restoration, shoreline buffers, and forest cover.
  • Installing conservation easements and aquatic management areas in new developments.

Let’s all be proactive to preserve our lake.  We are grateful to all the sampling teams over the last 20 years, including our current samplers Al and Patti Kiecker along with Sharon Natzel.  The sampling has enabled phosphorus, nitrogen, chlorophyll, chloride, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, conductance, suspended solids, transparency, and color to be tracked.

This news item is brought to you by the Long Lake Area Association.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Long Lake Resident is Remembered

At his cabin on Enchanted Drive
John Gary "Gus" Gustafson, age 85, of White Bear Lake passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Margaret Gustafson; sister Mary; and first wife Donna. Gus is survived by his loving wife Ruby of 46 years; children Jim Gustafson, Dawn (Dale) Hammerschmidt, Jennifer Slupe, Beth (Mike) Mustar, Peter (Tina) Walker, Ann (Tom) Hersman, Nancy (Paul) Melquist, and Paul (Mary) Walker. He was idolized by twenty grandchildren, their spouses, and eight great-grandchildren; siblings Kent (Vicki) Gustafson, Karen (Dale) Kjensrud, Sheryl (Kirby) Borden, and Margo (Mike, dec.) McCormick and many nieces and nephews.

Gus grew up on a farm outside of Windom, MN. He served in the Army overseas during the Korean conflict. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1957. An injury sustained in a preseason game put an early end to his playing career. In 1961, Gus married Donna Reinhardt. They had three beautiful children. Donna passed away following a valiant fight with cancer. In 1969, Gus married his high school sweetheart Ruby. Along with her 5 children, they became a family. Gus' teaching and football coaching career spanned over 40 years, mostly at North St. Paul High School, and included winning a state title in the 70s. He was recognized by former students everywhere he went. He was inducted into many Halls of Fame, including: Windom Area High School, Minnesota Football Coaches, Gustavus Adolphus, and was selected as the Minnesota High School Track coach of the year in 1979. He also served as president of the Old Timers Football Association.

Besides his family, his greatest love was being at his cabin on Long Lake outside of Park Rapids. He loved to rake the woods, split firewood, have raging bonfires and drink a beer (or two) in the sauna.  Memorials may be sent to Redeemer Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake MN or the Long Lake Area Association, P.O. Box 808. Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 7, 2018

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ice Spotters Concurred

All of our ice spotters concurred!  We now have our official ice-in date for 2017 on Long Lake confirmed.  It happened yesterday, Thursday, December 21, 2017, which fittingly was also the first day of winter.

Michelle Armstrong had the closest guess for the ice in date.  She guessed Dec 18th. The next closest guess was December 27th.  We had 15 people enter guesses for the ice-in date this year.  There will be a drawing for the quilt donated by Monika at the beginning of the Annual Meeting in June 2018.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Long Lake Area Association board and the website staff.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The official Long Lake "Ice In" guessing contest is open.

I have been trying to be hopeful that this cold snap would not last.  But as of today,  I can't procrastinate any longer:

The official Long Lake "Ice In" guessing contest is open.  

Join the fun! Guess the “Ice In” date for Long Lake this season!  To participate, please send your guess of the date that Long Lake will be completely frozen over to

All those selecting the winning date will be recognized on this blog. A drawing from ALL participant names will be held at the annual meeting for the lucky winner of a quilt, compliments of Monika; The winner can pick up the quilt when you are at the lake, if not present.

To help you with your guesses check out the link to the Ice Data page on our website. It has all the historical data.  Good Luck..

Click on this link to view the entire 2017 Autumn Newsletter