Monday, September 11, 2023

Long Lake End of Summer Update

Long Lake Area Association (LLAA) Members

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. We hope that you had a great time on the lake with your family and friends!

I’d like update you on several items, including:

  • Fall roadside clean up on September 16
  • Starry stonewort mitigation / Foundation funding for treatments
  • AIS assessment / AIS Prevention Coordinator contact info

Fall Roadside Clean Up

Join us for our County 20 roadside clean up on Saturday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m. This is where the Long Lake Area Association (LLAA) members and their friends and family come together to clean a seven mile stretch along County 20.  

This cleanup comes at an important time of the year. It allows us to clean the roadside before the fall winds have a chance to blow debris and trash into the lake and before winter sets in. We will gather on the sand road where Hwy. 87 and Cty. 20 meet and receive supplies and instructions. We hope to see you!

If you would like to help but can’t make it that day, email Jaimie Beretta at in advance and she can assign a section for you to clean on your own.

Starry Stonewort Mitigation / Foundation Funding for Treatments

As most of you are already aware, the aquatic invasive species (AIS) Starry Stonewort was discovered in our lake during a regularly scheduled aquatic vegetation survey. This survey is done by professionals every five years.  

The Association board and the Foundation board were able to act swiftly to allocate funding for treatments to help mitigate the AIS. Treatments have already started.  

This is an excellent example of how your donations to the Foundation are used for Long Lake preservation efforts. It is very important that donations be made to our Foundation so that we can continue to keep our lake healthy. Please consider making a donation! For PayPal click here:
or send a check to LLAA Foundation, PO Box 808, Park Rapids MN 56470

AIS assessment / AIS Coordinator contact info
Wondering if you have starry stonewort? Be sure to look at our web page for pictures and info to help you in identifying starry stonewort vs. wild celery. (
Wild celery is a very similar looking plant that is native and enjoyed by waterfowl. It helps bind phosphorus for a healthy lake.  

Another helpful identification tip is the star shaped bulbils are in the sediment on the bottom of the starry stonewort on rhizomes that look like fish-line. Wild celery (native aquatic vegetation) produces a tiny whitish flower on a long thin stem with no leaves at this time in the year.

NOTE:  As fall arrives, remember to check your docks and lifts for zebra mussels after removal from the lake.

If you have questions, please email or call Sharon Natzel, our LLAA AIS Prevention Coordinator at

The LLAA board continues to monitor the situation and will update as new information becomes available.  Be sure to check this website and our Facebook page often for new updates.  


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