Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Share Your Time & Talent in 2023!

The Long Lake Area Association (Hubbard County) Inc. is reaching out to our varied and multiple talented members in order to get more people involved in our activities. Our goals are to build our lake community through education and action.

As you review the variety of volunteer opportunities attached, please reach out if you have questions or want to help for a day or month or season by emailing longlakeliving@gmail.com.  Choose to participate as a sampler and explore new dimensions and aspects related to our special Long Lake.

Volunteer opportunity descriptions

Photo by Dante Beretta

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Official Ice In date for Long Lake


This was taken 12/12/2022 just south of Breezy Point. 


 Hi All interested in our MN Lakes' "Ice-In" date for our specific lake,

We have declared the official "Ice-In" on Long Lake (Hubbard County), Lake ID: 29016100 near Park Rapids, MN for Saturday, December 17, 2022.

The ice spotters have all checked in.  The waterfowl that had been keeping 2 spots on the lake open, could not compete with the colder weather on Sat 12/17/2022.  With the frigid weather now, there is not a chance it will open back up again any time soon.  FYI Ice In last year was Dec. 21st.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Fall Reminders from your Association


With Labor Day weekend here we are all thinking of Fall. Many families are already taking boats, docks, lifts, and other toys out of the water.  Here are some items to remember:

  • If you hire a lake service provider (LSP) to take out your docks, lifts, and/or boats remember to ask if they are MN DNR certified.  The MN DNR maintains a list of certified LSPs for Hubbard County.  Follow this link and scroll down until you see "Park Rapids”: MN DNR List of Dock Service Providers, Hubbard County  (this link loads slowly)

  •  If you have a zebra mussel settlement sampler (PVC tube, cinder block, plates, etc), please check it one last time and fill out the “Eyes on the Water Survey” even if you do not find any AIS.  An “absence” report is important.  Clean the sampler and reinstall next spring.   Hubbard County COLA Eyes on the Water for Healthy Lakes

  • Inspect your own docks, lifts, rafts, boats for zebra mussels and any other AIS as you remove them from the water. Make sure to look in areas that have been in the shade under water like the backside of dock tires, for example. Include your findings on the equipment as you complete the “Eyes on the Water Survey”.  An “absence” report is important too.  (see link above)

  • If you find suspected zebra mussels (ZM) and/or would like a second opinion as you inspect your own docks and lifts on your shoreline, contact one of our certified AIS detectors:  Sharon Natzel, 763-355-7908, sharonmnatzel@gmail.com  or  Jim Blodgett, 651-395-9317, jblodget@iusb.edu .  This information is needed for our ZM pilot with the Univ of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC).
  • It is illegal to transport AIS (zebra mussels, etc) on a road.  This guide for shore-land owners helps explain when a permit is needed to transport boats/equipment with attached AIS like zebra mussels. This also helps address storing lifts, docks and watercraft for winter.  https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/shoreland_owners.html

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Saying Goodbye to another Long Time Long Lake Resident


Linda P. Krause Shallberg

2/17/1942 – 8/13/2022

Linda (Peterson) Krause Shallberg was a long time summer resident of Long Lake. Her parents bought their cabin (Peterson's Paradise) on Chippewa Loop in 1958 (or 59.)  The family came nearly every summer to enjoy the lake. After college Linda taught at Adams School with Omaha Public Schools from 1964 to 1969. She was a principal at Omaha's Washington Elementary School for 28 years before retiring in June of 1997.

After retiring she would spend as much time as possible on Long Lake. Linda and Dale were great supporters of the Long Lake Area Association and especially loved participating in the 4th of July Flotilla. They rarely missed an annual meeting.  She and her husband Dale (who died in March) enjoyed taking their pontoon out to see the eagles nests and enjoy lunch while out on the lake. Linda was a talented artist; she enjoyed painting out on her dock, working in her yard, and driving the "Tiger" (golf cart) around to visit neighbors. Another favorite activity was picking blueberries on the back trails and then making delicious desserts to share with family and friends.

Preceded in death by husbands Buz Krause, Dale Shallberg, and sister Marilee Fink.     Survived by sister Wanda (Terry) Ward, stepchildren Steve (Kim) Krause, Sandy (John) Roeder, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Linda & Dale were regular participants in our 4th of July flotilla's. Photo 2014.

Always gracious hosts, Dale & Linda dining at their place here on Long Lake, 2015.



A tradition they truly enjoyed was the neighborhood campfire cookouts, especially on the Fourth of July. They never missed them when they were here. (2017)

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Long Lake Property Owners Event Notice

Long Lake Property Owners,

This is to let you know about the upcoming Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (HC SWCD) Shoreland Workshop coming up. It's being given for lakeshore owners to help empower citizen-driven conservation on Friday, 8/19/2022, 1pm at the Mantrap Lake Campground and Day Use Area. 

This event is free of charge and does not require registration. Jake Shaughnessy, a Hubbard SWCD water quality resource technician, explains that the goal of the workshop is to promote shoreline stewardship and water-quality-friendly living to benefit healthy lakes and fish habitat. The event involves a handful of speakers, along with flyers and materials about best practices for managing shorelines. 

The Mantrap Lake Campground and Day Use Area is near the Big Mantrap public water access and close to, but not at, the following address:

20403 Jack Fish Drive
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Look for the signs for the event when you arrive at the public access area on Big Mantrap Lake.

Directions from Hubbard MN to get you close to the Big Mantrap Lake Public Water Access.