2017 News

Donate to Friends of Lower Hay while you shop on Amazon!

posted December 18, 2017 (edited January 2, 2018)

Did you know that shopping on Amazon could benefit The Friends of Lower Hay Lake Association through the AmazonSmile website?!

AmazonSmile is an automatic way for you to support FOLH every time you shop – at no cost to you!  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Click HERE to go to the direct FOLH smile.amazon.com page – you can use your existing Amazon account login.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you’ll need to select The Friends of Lower Hay Lake Association as your charitable organization to receive donations before you start shopping.  Type in “Friends of Lower Hay Lake” in the organization search bar and click “search.”  Click on the yellow “select” button to pick FOLH as your charitable organization.  AmazonSmile will remember the organization for future purchases. 

In order for donations to be sent to Friends of Lower Hay, you must be on the specific smile.amazon.com Friends of Lower Hay Page (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3067631).  Purchases made through the regular amazon.com site are not eligible. 

Be sure to bookmark this page to make it even easier for you to shop and donate at the same time!

***Please note: donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

For more information visit About AmazonSmile

2017 'Ice On' Date - 12/11/17

posted December 13, 2017
The ice is officially on Lower Hay Lake! 
***Note - ice on the lake does not mean it is safe to walk, snowmobile, or drive on. We would like to remind you to use caution whenever venturing out onto the frozen lake.  Click here for additional ice safety information on the MN DNR website.

Fun Ice Facts
  • The earliest ice over was November 3rd - in 1978 and 1983
  • The latest ice over was January 14th, 2012
  • There have been 35 earlier ice overs and 16 later ice overs with a tie in 1973
  • 66% (exactly two-thirds) of the ice overs have been earlier than this one

Eurasian Watermilfoil Found Downstream of Whitefish Corps Dam

posted November 28, 2017
During public access inspections in September 2017, Tim Plude, a DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, discovered Eurasian watermilfoil "rooted in the Pine River below the Cross Lake Dam at the USACE Campground day use area in the City of Cross Lake."  

The close proximity is very concerning. For instance, a person fishing from the walkway, just below the dam, could decide to take a two-minute walk to fish in the uninfested water above the dam. A Eurasian watermilfoil plant fragment could be carried up on a bait bucket rope, a rope stringer, or net. 

Early discovery of an invasive plant gives the best chances of suppressing the infestation.  Once invasive plants get in a lake, the yearly costs of treatment can strain a lake association's budget and administrative abilities.  In addition, an invasion can drastically change the existing balance between the plants and animals...so what can we do?
  • Clean, drain & dry boats & trailers
  • Support inspections at accesses
  • Support research at the U of M
  • Dispose of bait

Click here for the full DNR report done by Tim Plude.
For more information on aquatic invasive species, visit our Aquatic Invasive Species page

Zebra Mussels - Star Tribune Articles

posted July 31, 2017
In depth articles from the Star Tribune regarding Zebra Mussels.  Article 1 - THE PROBLEMS  Article 2 - THE SOLUTIONS

Thank you Ray & Sally Steffens

posted June 1, 2017
At the Friends of Lower Hay Lake Association annual meeting on May 27th, an award was presented to Ray and Sally Steffens for their many years of dedication to Lower Hay Lake. Among their accomplishments and other community activities are:

• Friends of Lower Hay Board member: 1991-2010 • Being a First Responder • A one-time member of the WAPOA Board of Directors • Performed water sampling for about 30 years on Lower Hay, Bertha, Clamshell, Upper Hay and Upper Whitefish lakes • Weekly water sampling on Bungo Creek during 2008 & 2009 • Weekly stream water sampling for the MN Pollution Control Agency during 2010 & 2011 • Collected donations for the Lower Hay fireworks shows for over 10 years • Member of St Alice's Church in Crosslake • Member of the Jenkins Township Citzens' Planning Committee • Participated in a multi-year study of the phosphorus flow into the Whitefish Chain 

Pictured Left to Right :
Alan Sherburne (FOLH VP), Kay Rezanka (FOLH Secretary), Ray Steffens, Steve Curry (FOLH President), and Judy Topinka (FOLH Treasurer)

Become an Aquatic Invasive Species Volunteer - 2017 Training

posted Apr 13, 2017
The MN DNR is looking for Aquatic Invasive Species volunteers to help inform the public about AIS and inspect water craft a public accesses.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or need to do the online refresher course please follow the links below to the MN DNR website.  

In-Person Training (for new volunteers) - current session scheduled for 5/6/2017, 9am-12pm at the Brainerd DNR Office.
RSVP for the training by contacting Keri Hull at Keri.Hull@state.mn.us or at 218-203-4357

Online Refresher Training (for citizens who took the in-person training in 2015 or 2016)

April 7th is the official "Ice Off" date for 2017

posted Apr 12, 2017
A strong south wind did the trick...the ice is off Lower Hay Lake!!!  

Fun Ice Facts: 
  • FOLH has ice on/off records dating back to 1965
  • The earliest ice off date was March 27, 2012
  • The 2017 ice off date is tied with 1998 for the third earliest ice off date
  • 2016-2017 was the fifth shortest season with 113 ice covered days on Lower Hay Lake.  December 15, 2016 to April 7, 2017
Enjoy your 2017 season on the lake!