2016 News

2016 'Ice On' Date - 12/15/16

posted December 15, 2016
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.  

Lester the Moose...

posted November 21, 2016
Friends of Lower Hay welcomes a new resident, Lester the Moose.  Lester the Moose joined the Enger family in 1909...click here to find out how Lester's journey took him from Orrock, MN, to the TKE frat house at St. Cloud State and finally to Lower Hay Lake.  

New Email Address

posted October 12, 2016
Friends of Lower Hay Lake Association has a new email address - info@friendsoflowerhay.org. Please update your contact information...and don't forget to submit a photo or 2 from your fun times on Lower Hay for the Photo of the Week!  

NO WAKE Recommendation Has Been Lifted For Lower Hay Lake

posted August 1, 2016
Bust out the skis...it is safe to cruise around the lake at more than a snails pace again!

NO WAKE Recommended on the Chain - Extremely High Lake Levels

posted July 18, 2016
The Lower Hay Lake water level has risen almost eight inches within the last week!!! 

We've had reports of a pontoon drifting off its lift over to the shore of another residence, a Chris Craft was about to float away before a neighbor noticed and secured it, and a fishing boat had to have water pumped out.  There have also been dock sections floating free around the lake - so watch out as you are out and about on the lake.  We are encouraging absent owners to contact your lake neighbors to check on their waterfront situation.  

The Crow Wing County Sheriff has requested that boaters on the Whitefish Chain be very careful of speeds so that they do not cause large wakes, which can cause shoreline damage and make docks float away.  

The Corps of Engineers was contacted about the rising water level, and they recommended if your dock is close to being underwater, that you raise or secure it before any additional rainfall.  It is believed the lake levels will be high for quite some time. 

Animal Sightings on Silver Sands Road

posted June 29 2016
A mother bear and cub were seen in a residents yard on the south part of Silver Sands Road last week, and a fox was yapping at a jogger on the north end of Silver Sands road earlier this week.  Please be respectful of our wildlife friends and keep a safe distance if you see them...the Lower Hay Lake area is their home too!

Volunteer Access Inspection Training

posted April 21, 2016
There are 2 options for inspection training - in-person training and online training.  Training is required yearly, but you are only required to attend an in-person training once every 3 years.  Everyone is required to fill out and pass the background check every year in order to be listed as a DNR volunteer.
         In-Person Training: April 30th, 9am-noon at the Brainered DNR Office (1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401).  
                                            RSVP to Keri Hull (keri.hull@mn.state.us)
        Online Training: Click here to go to the link for the online refresher course.  Contact Alan Sherburne (sherburne.a@gmail.com) for the necessary paperwork                                         and if you can't remember the last training you attended.

2016 'Ice Off' Date - 4/10/16

posted April 11, 2016
The ice is officially off Lower Hay Lake!!  105 days of an ice covered lake - who is ready for a swim?! 

WAPOA's First Annual Tree Sale

posted March 28, 2016
Check out this offer from WAPOA for discounted rates on 12-18 inch seedlings.  Limited quantities available - so contact J. Laurel today, email: jlaurel@tds.net, phone: (952) 217-9429.  Orders can be placed until April 18, 2016 (or until supplies last).  Help protect the water quality of Lower Hay Lake!  

Car Goes Through Thin Ice

posted February 3, 2016
Be careful when venturing out onto the frozen lake...it may not be as frozen as you think!  Read the full account of the most recent incident here.
Photo's courtesy of Dave & Judy Topinka

Crow Wing Power - Solar Project

posted January 26, 2016
Crow Wing Power announces potential community solar project.  If using alternative energy is important to you, please contact Crow Wing Power to express your interest and help make it happen!  Click here for more information on the benefits of a community solar project!

Think Spring: Order bulk trees and plants from Crow Wing SWCD

posted January 6, 2016
"The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual tree and plant sale is underway, with bulk orders of native trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses and seeds being accepted through Feb. 29."  For more information click here