Summer Newsletter

                     Upper Hay Lake Association
P.O. Box 769
Pequot Lakes, Minnesota 56472

Summer Newsletter                                       July 2017

Greetings from your President – Claire Steen

Upper Hay Lake had a fantastic 4th of July celebration! Thanks to all of you who participated in our second annual boat parade. We counted thirty entries. The decorations were festive in the spirit of red, white and blue. Thanks again to everyone who participated.

New officers were elected at our annual spring meeting. The new listing is attached. Judy Murphy will serve as Vice-President, Jan Marshall as Secretary, and Ken Meyer as Treasurer. Mickey Perwien has agreed to stay on the board along with Jill Bergstrom. The two new members who have volunteered to serve are Neil Beaverson and Craig Swandal. If you have questions regarding any issue on the lake, please be sure to contact one of us.

A special thanks goes to Marv Koep who spoke at our annual meeting. He was entertaining and provided many interesting tales about fishing and guiding. Marv is a legend in our area so we were fortunate that he shared time with us.

Lately, I have had some Upper Hay Lake residents request information regarding enforcement on our lake. Pat McGowan is the lake’s conservation officer. He can be contacted at 218-820-4598 or The UHLA board recommends that residents remind their visitors or renters about the rules and courtesy on the lake. We need to be “loon friendly” and especially careful to protect our baby loon.

Due to requests from several residents on the lake, the UHLA board has made the decision to bring the annual UHLA potluck picnic back. It will be the first Saturday of August (August 5th) with the back-up date August 12 if there is inclement weather. Serving will begin at noon at Hay Lake Lodge. Although Bruce Ohland has officially retired from the board, he has graciously consented to taking charge of the meat and grilling. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share. We would like help with setting up prior and cleaning up afterwards. If you are willing to volunteer, please email me at

Once again, be aware that we have 450 inspection hours granted to us at the landing for AIS inspection. I noticed that the public landing was busy over the July 4th holiday so I appreciate that we can get this help. Some lakes also have volunteers trained on their lake to inspect.

Enjoy your summer on Upper Hay Lake!

4th of July Holiday Weekend – Bruce Ohland

The 4th of July has passed and, again, a “happening” on Upper Hay and in Pequot. On Sunday July 2, we had our 2nd annual “boat parade”. Congratulations go to Cindy Rieck who won the “best decorated boat” award. I did notice that Calvin the Dog (AKA CTD) was leading in the front seat and that may have figured into the win. In any case, congrats to Cindy and Calvin and accolades to all who participated.


On the 4th, there was the annual Pequot Parade and as is always the case, it was great. The firemen’s pancake breakfast was PACKED with customers and the pancakes were superb! If you missed it or have never participated, give it a shot next year. This year it was $8 for adults and they gave you about 4 cakes, a couple sausage patties, coffee, and OJ. I’m guessing you could have gone back for more but the prior listed is a LOT of food. Good stuff for a great cause.

Boat traffic was not bad around the 4th and the one day we were on the lake pulling the grandkids and their friends on the knee board, I thought everyone was boating courteously and safely. That’s as it should be.

Safety first, boat sober, stay away from other boats (and our baby loon) and keep well away from the shoreline. Seemed to me all the above were being observed. Thanks to all and keep it up.

Enbridge Pipeline – Judy Murphy

When I tell people I am from Minnesota, most of the time, their reply is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”. It usually opens up a dialogue with regard to all of the beautiful lakes. City lakes, right in the middle of Minneapolis and their multitude of paths connecting them, and the “Up North Experience,” traveling to cabins nestled in the pines and wonderful weekends spent with family and friends. How lucky we are to have these waters at our disposal. Wild rice, vacations, boating, Governor’s Opener to name a few activities that we all have participated in. We are now engulfed in another battle with Enbridge and their Line 3 Proposal. They want to abandon their old pipeline, leaving it for the property owners to dispose of, and build a new one in the same location. Old abandoned pipelines rust and emit their residue, polluting the ground which eventually will pollute the ground water. This pipeline, if constructed, will travel 35 miles north of the Pine River watershed and cross the Mississippi twice. Enbridge is a Canadian based company with only profits in mind. Their safety record is terrible. They have experience on average of 1.8 pipeline spills every week between the years of 2004 through 2015. The oil that will be flowing through the pipeline is tar sand, and has to be thinned with chemicals, such as benzene, a known carcinogen, for it to flow properly. This is the worst type of oil when there is an oil spill. It will pollute our pristine waters, jeopardizing watersheds, soil, aquifers, violating Treaty Rights, our lake, and also polluting the Mississippi and everything flowing south. If the Mississippi is polluted, it will directly affect the drinking water in the Twin Cities. There is an Environmental Impact Statement, dealing with all the issues, available to you. We are not asking them to stop the pipeline, but to reroute the pipeline so it does not impact the Minnesota lakes region and our Pine River Water Shed.

This issue is not a Republican or Democrat issue. This issue is not about jobs or oil. This issue is about our Legacy to our children and protecting our waters, protecting our property values and protecting our state from a Company who does not have our best interest in mind. Water, not oil, is the number one commodity in the world. We can live without oil, but we can’t live without water.

Please get involved and acquaint yourselves with the situation at hand, there are many websites at your disposal who have been fighting the fight on our behalf:,, and

This is an image of the tar sand. Cleanup is extremely difficult!

Tar Sand

Aquatic Plant Management – Bruce Ohland

In a brochure I picked up from the DNR, I found some concise and useful information that I will try to summarize.

Projects that do NOT require permits:

  1. Cutting or pulling submerged vegetation from an area not to exceed 2,500 square feet, no more than 50 feet wide or half the property width whichever is less. If you need a boat channel to reach open water it must not exceed 15’ in width but it IS considered part of the maximum shoreline feet allowed. You can do the work with power cutters, rakes or other equipment which does not significantly alter the lake bottom. NOT allowed are draglines, bulldozers, hydraulic jets, suction dredges or other powered earth moving equipment.
  2. If you have floating-leaf vegetation (e.g. water lilies), you may maintain a 15’ wide channel without a permit.
  3. Emergent vegetation (e.g. Bulrushes) may NOT be removed without a permit.

Projects requiring a permit:

  1. Removal of submerged vegetation from areas larger than stated above.
  2. Application of herbicides or algicides for aquatic plant control.
  3. Removal of water lilies or other floating-leaf vegetation beyond the 15’ wide channel.
  4. Movement of a bog that is free-floating or lodged anywhere other than its original location.
  5. Removal of ANY emergent vegetation.
  6. Transplanting ANY aquatic plants into public waters.
  7. Installation or use of an automated plant control device.

Swimmer’s Itch ControlBruce Ohland

This is a tough one. We have covered the cause in pervious newsletters so I won’t repeat.

Some non-chemical measures include:

  • Briskly towel off after leaving the water
  • Avoid shallow water. We get this stuff usually when we are near the shoreline. They are floating parasites so they “bunch up” as they encounter the shores. So, take out the boat and swim off of that.
  • Because the parasites life cycle includes waterfowl, don’t feed them at your property.

If non-chemical measures are not enough, you can apply copper sulfate in the swimming area but again, in a limited area and a permit is required.

 For more information on these and other subjects, call the DNR fisheries in Brainerd at 218-203-4342 or go to:

The Summer Picnic will be held again this year at Hay Lake Lodge on Saturday August 5 with the 12th as the “rain backup”. We’ll shoot for 12:00 as the “start serving time”. As usual, the Association will provide burgers, brats, buns, condiments, paper plates, plastic table ware, plastic glasses, and napkins. Side dishes are “pot luck” so bring something to share. Also bring whatever beverages you want and folding chairs, blankets, etc. The picnic table moving project was a nightmare for the guys doing it every year so we will dispense with that and make it a real picnic. We are not planning to conduct games as in the past, but if someone feels it’s a “fun thing” and would volunteer to set up and conduct a couple, especially for kids, please let Claire know.

Rentals/Rental Property Owners – Whitey Larson

As you are aware, or not aware, we are having an upswing of cabins and homes that are available for rent on our lake. It is important for renters and property owners to respect their neighbors. Areas of concern are: noise levels, inappropriate language, pet control, urination on other people’s property and respect for our lake. Don’t get me wrong; most renters are respectful of their adjoining neighbors and do care about our lake. Unfortunately, it only takes a few that don’t care to ruin it for everyone.

Let’s all be welcoming to renters on the lake. However, as owners you have rights that should be respected. Let’s all get along and enjoy these summer months.

Treasurer’s Report – Ken Meyer

Financial Statement – 1/01/2017 thru 7/15/2017

Checking as of 1/01/2017                        $7,798.80
Savings as of 1/01/2017                        $23,282.94
Total Assets as of 1/01/2017                 $31,081.74

Checking as of 7/15/2017                      $10,650.80
Savings as of 7/15/2017                        $23,286.41
Total Assets as of 7/15/2017                 $33,937.21

Membership dues                                $2,215.00
General donations                               $1,575.00
Thrivent Total                                        $810.54
Permits                                                   $325.00
Interest                                                       $3.47
Total Income                                        $4,929.01

Dues to other organizations                 $670.00
DNR permit fees                                    $471.00
Printing & Postage                                 $303.96
PO Box Rental                                         $70.00
Insurance                                               $431.00
Annual Meeting Expense                      $128.18
                              Total Expenses      $2,073.54


Total Assets as of 1/01/2017        $31,081.74
Plus Income          $4,929.01
Less Expenses         ($2,073.54)
                  Total as of 7/15/2017        $33,937.21


Current Membership is 93. There are several usual members that have not yet paid this year. We are hoping they just forgot!

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