CLLA Spring 2020 Updates

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lake Association Board met online and in consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic made several important decisions.  A letter with more detail is below.

  • The annual meeting has been canceled.
  • 2020 Membership fees are waived for existing and new members.
  • Please ask your neighbors to join the association.
  • Please consider donating and/or purchasing merchandise at clla-lakes.com
  • Secretary and Treasurer officer terms end this year. Please consider applying for one of these open positions. The board will appoint people to the open positions in June.
  • Some events will be canceled or modified as necessary.
  • Spot treatment of phragmites will take place in the fall.

Dear Association members,

            These are unprecedented times and the Chisago-Lindstrom Lake Association (CLLA) and I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well.  Some good news is that the lake levels are high again this year which means we will have plenty of lake to enjoy (and socially distance ourselves across) this summer.  The weirs are open and flowing. High water along with the permit the LID received to define a passage and remove bogs means we should be able to navigate the channel from North Lindstrom over to North Center Lake.  If this is as important to you as it is to me, please make sure to let your local elected officials know you value it; not everyone wants the lakes to be linked and navigable. We also think that the high water will mean that weeds like Milfoil and Curly Leaf will not require mitigation this year.  Regardless, the CLLA Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) team will continue monitoring. CLLA and the LID have funds to mitigate AIS if it becomes necessary.  We plan to contract Phragmites mitigation again in the early fall.  You will see more information on the Phragmites work in our next update.

            Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, some of the events we had been planning will not be possible or may need to change this year. While the 4th of July boat parade should be able to go ahead mostly as it has in the past, the Poker Run that was being planned will not happen this year.  Flotillas may or may not happen. The CLLA Board will announce our plans one month in advance (e.g. early June for July events). We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

            The CLLA Board met online and made several important decisions regarding the association. The annual meeting scheduled for May has been canceled. The terms of the offices of Secretary and Treasurer end this year.  Secretary Mary Kay Ripp and Treasurer Steve Paquay have done excellent work in their roles but they would be happy to hand over their responsibilities to new people. If you are interested in either position please contact us.  The board will appoint people to these positions in June. The organization is in a strong financial position, we do not expect significant expenses this year, and understanding the financial strains many in our community may be facing, we have decided to automatically renew existing memberships at no charge for 2020.  Additionally, new members may join in 2020 at no charge.  We hope you will stay an active member and encourage your neighbors to join. It will be important for CLLA to have a strong and active membership as we advocate for continued funding for our lakes. Donations to the organization are still welcomed and very appreciated.  Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.  Your purchase of CLLA merchandise helps support the association, now’s the time to get the CLLA flag, hat, or shirt you’ve always wanted. Please visit our website clla-lakes.com for more information, to join, donate, or make a purchase.

            Good weather and better times are just ahead. We all look forward to getting out and enjoying our wonderful lakes. Enjoy, stay well, and I look forward to seeing you (from an appropriate distance) on the water soon!

CLLA President

Dan Lydon

 Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association  

    PO Box 44 Lindstrom, MN 55045

    chisago.lindstrom.lakes.assc@gmail.com      cllalakes.com     

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Labor Day Paddle

The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association is sponsoring an Impromptu Paddle on Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2019 from 10:20 am to approximately 12:30 pm.


Labor Day Paddle Route

Leaving Chisago City’s Paradise Park at 10:20 am, paddling to Lindstrom’s Beach Park arriving around 11:00 am. Paddling thru the “North Passage”  and ending at Center City’s downtown docks around  12:00~12:30 p.m.

Optional lunch afterwards (at your own expense on the Grumpy Minnow’s patio).
Captain Swan has kayaks available for rentals, if you need one. He can be reached at https://www.captainshawnsrental.com/ or call him at 651-769-3343.

The last Full Moon Summer Flotillas

Mark your calendars for the last of the CLLA Full Moon Summer Flotillas starting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16th off Paradise Park on Chisago Lake. What a relaxing way to wind down from all the work-week stresses. So grab your friends, snacks, beverages and of course your buoys and enjoy the summer night in good company.

The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather.

2nd Full Moon Summer Flotilla

Mark your calendars for the second CLLA Full Moon Summer Flotilla starting at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14th off Beach Park on South Lindstrom. What a relaxing way to wind down from all the Karl Oskar Days festivities. So grab your friends, snacks, beverages and of course your buoys and enjoy the summer night in good company.

The event will be canceled in case of inclement weather.

Impromptu Kayak Opportunity

Last minute, impromptu paddle opportunity. The Chisago Lakes Paddling Club are planning to do a July 4th morning paddle, weather permitting. If interested come to the Lindstrom Beach at 9:00 am on Thursday morning. They’ll paddle from South Lindstrom to North Lindstrom, thru the channel into North Center then either hit the Grumpy Minnow or paddle into South Center or both.
If you are still in the mood for more action, join the CLLA Boat Parade at 2:00 p.m.  off Beach Park in South Lindstrom.

July 4th 2019 Boat Parade

The CLLA annual Fourth of July Boat Parade will be held this Thursday, July 4th at 2:00 off Beach Park on South Lindstrom. If you want to decorate your boat and be in the running for our three cash prizes, please show up by 1:45 p.m.

The CLLA parade committee will be judging for the Best Decorated, Most Spirit and President’s Choice awards.  You do not have to decorate your boat to be in the parade and can come and go as you please.  We will cruise the South Lindstrom lake-shore, thru the channel and onward to the Eagle Ridge subdivision’s marina.

In case of inclement weather, an announcement will be posted on our website (clla-lakes.com) and on our Face Book page by 9:00 a.m. Please stay tuned!

Summer 2019 Flotilla Schedule

The first of the Full Moon Summer Flotillas will be this coming Saturday, June 15th starting at 8:00 p.m. in the center of North Lindstrom Lake. So grab your friends, nab some beverages and snacks, don’t forget your buoys and get ready for some fun on the water.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 14th off Beach Park in South Lindstrom Lake and Friday, August 16th off Paradise Park in Chisago Lake.

 

 

4th Annual Memorial Day Paddle

Plan to join in on the 4th Annual Memorial Day Paddle that will be held Monday, May 27th.  Depending on your choice of launch sites, you can paddle 1, 3, 4 or all 6 lakes on the Chisago Lakes Water Trail.  For the full experience, start at Camp Ojiketa Park at 9:00 a.m. or if you like to sleep in late, meet the flotilla at Paradise Park at 10:45, Lindstrom Beach Park at noon or North Center Lake boat launch at 1:00 p.m.

The full flotilla will rendezvous at the landing  across from the Grumpy Minnow II in Center City where the “after paddle party” will commence.

Here is a link to the Paddle Flyer with additional details. 05.27.2019 Memorial Day Paddle Flyer.