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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. 

Another beautiful day from Sand Lake, leaves are budding and the birds are flocking back.  It seems like yesterday that  the sun was shining brightly and all that white stuff was melting away leaving behind a blanket of bright green grass. There is a loon in the background singing his song how blessed I am.

The ditch cop crews were out in force Friday April 21st picking up trash along hwy’s 4 and 35, we had an awesome day to get our chores done. Thanks to everyone for helping with our outdoor spring cleaning.

I’d like to THANK all of you who have helped and volunteered over the years with various duties to better our lake and area. Especially those who joined forces at the boat launch, this group we called weed cops. The county has again offered to do a matching grant for coverage at the boat launch so between County time and DNR time we may not have to do this work ourselves. You started something that continues being a very important asset for our lake. Anytime we can prevent the spread of invasive species it’s a blessing.    
In the Sandpaper we have an article regarding  the Northern limits and one regarding Walleye data. We are scheduled to have 1.9 million fry released in the lake this year. Rich Rezanka from the DNR, has been involved in  a three lake study regarding zebra mussels, in Minnesota, which includes Sand Lake  this is the third season of data collection. We look forward to the results of this study and pray for a way to control the zebra mussels and keep other invasive species  out of our lake. Please keep an eye on the web page for updated articles and news.

Our annual Fish Fry is planned for Saturday 6-17-2017 at the Community Center, we plan to eat about 5pm. DNR representatives will be invited to join us for dinner and be available to answer questions if there are any.  We again invite you to donate fish for this event.  If you have questions please contact Chuck Baker or Myron Hahn or any other board member. This will be a pot luck event so bring your favorite dish to pass, SLPOA will provide fried fish and beverages.
Mark your calendar for 8-19-17 for our Annual Meeting, lunch will be provided by SLPOA and served at 12pm. 

We are planning to have lunch with our fall ditch cop clean-up like we did last year, more information will be coming regarding this opportunity to volunteer and spend time in community and fellowship.
Have a safe and wonderful summer, hope to see you all at the fish-fry. 
In your service

Carole Olson 

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.


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Ice Out & Ice In...

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

Secci Readings, Lake Clarity...

Also from Mike Stettler... Here's the Sand Lake Secci readings chart. The plotted points represent the lowest depth at which a white disc is visible.