Monday, April 30, 2012

Trained Lake Service Providers

To view a list of Lake Service Providers that have received their permits follow the link below, click on either button ("Register Later" or "OK") to get rid of the pop-up window, then scroll down to Hubbard County.  The list is updated often as training and issuing of permits is an ongoing process.

Link:  Permitted Lake Service Providers

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fishing Season

Opening day of fishing for most species in Minnesota this year is May 12th. This is a link to the DNR's web page with opening day information:

Perhaps you have noticed these photos in the small slideshow of member photos posted on our right sidebar.   Fishing was apparently good last summer!
(Click on a photo to enlarge)

As told by Lou Schultz:
"We usually fish separately and we are like teenagers with our iPhones, texting each other.  The intelligent conversations usually go something like this:

Text - I just landed a 39 inch pike.
Question - What did you catch it on?
Answer - A hook
Question - Where did you catch it?
Answer - In the lip.
Response - Thanks.

John McKinney now has an iPhone and will be joining the other kids next summer with our texting.
We don't really have to grow up and act our age, do we?"

Decal Required on ALL Watercraft

A new law which passed in 2011 (Minnesota Statues 86B.508) requires a watercraft owner or operator to obtain and attach an aquatic invasive species rules decal to all types of watercraft prior to launching on, entering into, or operating on any waters of the state.  This does not just mean licensed motorized boats, it includes everything from canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats to sea planes.

According to an article at MPR News, "The stickers are now available at all Department of Motor Vehicle offices and all Department of Natural Resources regional offices.  Sporting goods stores, however, have been having trouble getting them."  (Source Article: )

The DNR has posted answers to questions about the decal here:

Monday, April 16, 2012

April Snow (Spring in Minnesota)

Photos by L.L.Kooyer
We woke up this morning to the sight of spring snow covering everything and weighing down tree branches.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Story added to History Page

Former lake resident, Lovern Nauss, who lived on the west side of the lake from 1957-1983 has submitted a great story about how the guys would wait for the perfect day to grab their gear and go fishing over on Lake Winnibigoshish.  Even though Long Lake provided great fishing experiences, it was always exciting to take a day trip.  Go to the history tab and follow the link to his story.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

County Soil & Water District is Hiring Watercraft Inspectors

Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspectors 
Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for seasonal Watercraft Inspectors until 4PM April 13th.  Inspectors should have an interest in aquatic resource management, be 18 years or older, and have a valid driver’s license.
Part-time and full-time:  $10/hr.  Lead Inspector:  $12/hr.
Submit letter, resume or Employment Application and references to Hubbard SWCD, 212½ 2nd St. W., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

For a complete job description go to or call 218-732-0121.

Friday, April 6, 2012

New Flyer from MN COLA on AIS

Below is the link to a new MN COLA AIS Flyer with your Hubbard County COLA logo. 

This is designed for lake property owners  and entitled,

"What can we do to help halt the further spread of AIS?"

The AIS Flyer can be shared with your lake association members and any property owner on the lake.

Feel free to pass this link along to other community friends, lake people or make a printout to give to neighbors, renters and other visitors. 

Protecting MN lakes/rivers from the further spread of AIS is everyone's responsibility!