Protect Our Lake

You Must 
  1. Clean all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, and other prohibited invasive species, from watercraft, trailers, and water-related equipment before leaving any water access or shoreline.
  2. Drain water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait containers, motor) and drain bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving a water access or shoreline property.  Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.
  3. Dispose of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms in the trash. It is illegal to release live bait into a waterbody or release aquatic animals from one waterbody to another.  If you want to keep your live bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water.
Information regarding lake laws, requirements and boat safety provided on this site are limited.  

Please visit the MN DNR site 
for complete information to ensure you are complying with all laws and requirements and safely enjoying our beautiful lake!

Boat Inspections

Our last line of defense on Lower Hay has been to have inspectors at the access (paid and volunteer). 

Last summer (2015) we were able to have a paid inspector at the Lower Hay access nearly every day – through the use of County and DNR inspectors.  For 2016, Friends of Lower Hay was again counting on 37 days of DNR inspections at the access but the DNR changed the eligibility for grants.  Lakes with zebra mussels now rank low in their grant system; therefore, Lower Hay Lake did not get any DNR grant inspections. 

FOLH is committed to hiring County inspectors to make up for the lost days, but it will be much more expensive than in the past.  Donations in excess of FOLH annual dues are now more important than ever in the fight against invasive species. 

If you are interested in helping please email Alan Sherburne for volunteer details.  Also check out our news page with details on inspection access training