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Sand Lake Property Owners Association
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From the birds & bees to the lakes and the trees...”
Nestled in Itasca county in Northern Minnesota and deep within the Chjippewa National Forest, Sand Lake is home to many and a welcome retreat for others. We boast friendly people, a rich history and premier walleye fishing.

The Sand Lake Property Owner’s Association is a tax-exempt non-profit association whose two main goals are to improve fish management and water quality in our lakes. Our association is managed 100% by Lake Owner volunteers. There are no salaries. We operate completely on Dues and Donations.
Sand Lake is located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest in the well-known Bowstring Chain of lakes. Sand Lake is a 4,328-acre naturally fed lake with direct access to Bowstring Lake, Little Sand Lake, the Bowstring River, Rice Lake, Birds’ Eye Lake, Portage Lake, Dora Lake and the Bigfork River. It is eight miles long and four miles wide with a maximum depth of 70 feet, a median depth of 17 feet, and 19.9 miles of beautiful shoreline. It holds an abundance of fish such as Walleye, Northern Pike, Large & Small Mouth Bass, Jumbo Perch, Crappies and Pan Fish.

                Carole Olson, President

The 2016-17 Sand Lake Property Owners Board (Left to Right)
Victor Warnement, Chuck Baker, Gary Weaver, Myron Hahn, Stafford King

Pat Sievertson, Carole Olson

Sand Lake Property Owners AssociationBoard of Directors, Officers & Volunteers 2016/17

President: Carole Olson
Phone: 218- 659-4757,  Email: 

Vice President: Gary Weaver
Phone: 218-659-2707, Email:

Treasurer: Chuck Baker
Phone: 218-659-2955 , Email:

Secretary: Pat Sievertson
 Phone: 218-659-2157, Email:


 Myron Hahn 
Phone 218-659-2668, Email:

Stafford King 
Phone 218-659-2146, Email:

Immdeiate Past President: Victor Warnement
Phone:218-659-4788, Email:

John Perkins: Sand Paper Editor & Web: 

 Phone:  218-659-4754 or 828-698-5897

Sand Lake Property Owners Association Mission Statement:

Protecting the environment of Sand, Little Sand, Portage, and Birds Eye Lakes and surrounding area. This includes a program to prevent aquatic invasive species (AIS) from entering or leaving the lakes, catch and release emphasis, Adopt-a-Highway, new lake resident's orientation, and ongoing public education. All of this is coordinated with association members and the MN Dept of Natural Resources. 

Greetings  from Sand Lake where we enjoy all four seasons.

For those of you keeping track the lake froze over 12-9 this past season. It seemed like it would never freeze, but this wasn't the latest date for instance in 1999 it didn't freeze until 12-16. Listening to it freeze over is like music to the ears, one of the many enjoyable things that this season offers. We had plenty of snow this winter and our share of cold weather. At our house we had a low of about -35 which I know varies depending on where you live on the lake and today  a high of 58.  It's hard to believe that it's already mid February, where did the winter go. My husband Cliff and I just came off the lake from a wonderful snowmobile ride. We stopped at the big island and enjoyed a cup of hot coffee while taking in the sites. There were several fish houses and even a few fishermen this morning.  Last week several of us met up for lunch when a few of our snowbirds came up for the weekend.  Monday  I went ice fishing  with the Women of the Woods group and we had a great time and even caught a few fish. It's so nice to be able to get involved with the fun winter activities here on Sand Lake,  and a great opportunities to get to know more of our neighbors.

Ice out last year 2016 was April 17th, thanks for keeping track of this Mike Stettler.

I wonder what the date will be this spring? I've heard several people talking about how the finches have changed their song to their spring song already. The eagles are nesting and the days are growing longer, spring cannot be far behind. Before we know it, it will be time for our annual Fish Fry in June. (details  will be coming soon)  

I just received this information from David Weitzel, Area Fisheries Supervisor, Grand Rapids Fisheries Area

It read in part:

I have received notification that the proposed statewide Northern Pike regulation change will not be implemented in 2017.  DNR was informed that the administrative law judge (ALJ) reviewing the northern pike zone proposal could not, at this time, approve the rule change.  This means we cannot move forward with the zone regulations this spring, but instead hope to implement the rule next spring, March 1, 2018.

Most lakes in the Grand Rapids area will remain managed under the existing 3 fish bag limit (with one over 30 inches allowed).  Following public input in 2016, the experimental regulation on Bowstring and Round lakes was rescinded, and these lakes will now be managed with the existing 3 fish bag limit. 

The current experimental regulation (9 fish bag with a 22-36 inch protected slot) on Sand Lake will remain in place and will be reviewed once the new statewide regulation either approved or no longer being considered (hopefully next year). 

We will continue  to look  to the DNR for fishing regulation changes, please continue to watch the DNR website for any further updates to these regulations.

I hope you are all having a happy and healthy season. I look forward to the changing sounds on the lake as  everyone returns filling our ears and our hearts with the sounds of our neighbors and friends.

Carole Olson 
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Carole Olson
President's Letter
The walleye slot began in 2016 in an effort to make the excellent Sand Lake walleye fishing evfen better for years to come.
Fishing Regulations
Sand Lake has a walleye slot and
special northern pike regulations.

Sand Lake has an expanded posession limit of 9 northern pike instead of the usual 6 and a 22"-36" northern pike slot.

SLPOA Newsletter


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From Mike Stettler... Here's a historical recap of when Sand Lake iced up and when the ice went out.

Year              Ice Out          Ice In

1993                  4/23                  
1994                  4/23                        
1995                  4/24                       11/12
1996                  5/8                          11//28    5" ice on lake
1997                  4/26                       11/15
1998                  4/15                       12/10
1999                  4/23                       12/16
2000                  4/10                       11/22
2001                  2/29
2003                                                    11/8
2004                  4/21                       12/1
2005                  4/16                       11/25
2006                  4/15                       11/19
2007                  4/26                       11/23
2008                  5/10                       11/21
2009                  4/28                       12/5
2010                  4/3                          11/24
2011                  4/28                       11/21
2012                  3/28                       11/25
2013                  5/13                       11/22
2014                  5/11                       11/15
2015                  4/16                       11/28
2016                  4/17