Shore Management

"Be part of our Living Lake Friendly Initiative" 

Restore the Shore Tree Orders for Spring 2020

The 2020 deadline for submitting your "Restore the Shore" Tree Order form and payment for the delivery of trees in the Spring 2020 is coming up on   

 Friday, October 25, 2019

Please mail your (click here to go to COLA website and find the pdf order form)

with your check
(payable to LLAA) to the following address:

Long Lake Area Association
PO Box 808
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Our Association "Restore the Shore" Coordinator, Sharon Natzel, will combine LLAA's order for the HC COLA/SWCD RtS program.

If you have questions, please call Sharon at 763-355-7908 or 


Link to shoreline buffer presentation from our Annual Meeting:    

(this will give you some ideas of the kind of plants to order)


Long Lake Association has several members who are working on restoring the shore projects.   Below are some of their experiences and hints so that others can start their own projects. 

Some Possible Project Goals:
  • Protect the lake from runoff and fertilizer.
  • Enhance shoreline appearance.
  • Create a habitat for wildlife.  (birds, frogs and other water creatures)
  • Provide some of the installation labor.
  • Keep the cost reasonable.


This is an example of a rain garden catch basin that a family in neighbor 2 had built.  The basin is to collect and filter water.  Then letting it evaporate slowly so no run off such as organic matter and nutrients get to the lake.


Read pages 2 & 6 of the Fall 2014 newsletter for articles about these projects:

Below is an example of fully grown rain garden



*The information below about creating a buffer zone has been provided by Dave Anderson.
A photo of the brochure that Dave put together about his own shoreline project is at the bottom of this page.  He used a contractor to help with his project but many others have done "DIY" projects with great success.  You are welcome to share your own shoreline projects and photos on Long Lake Living's Facebook page.

This is a picture from the summer of 2016 that shows the final results!

Below is the two-page brochure of Dave Anderson's project: