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newDLA August Newsletter
Rain and Storms make for Rainbows over Deer Lake
This just in:
The Census Bureau has asked all property owners to respond to the census within this month. This applies especially for folks with a second home that is not their permanent residence.
The Census asks that you register your non-homesteaded residence (including even a hunting shack) as having ZERO residence. You are counted in the census at your permanent home.
This will alleviate census workers from knocking on un-registered seasonal doors.
Announcing the 2020 Deer Lake Non-Frolic
(More info here https://bit.ly/2020NonFrolic)
Please Donate to Deer Lake Challenge:
1. In lieu of buying Frolic tickets this year, Donate to Deer Lake! Enable DLA to continue our good work in 2020. Click here to donate online with a credit or debit card https://bit.ly/DonateDeerLake
2. Take a pic!
3. Post your pic to DLA Facebook and ask others to https://bit.ly/DonateDeerLake too!
And while we're at it:
DLA's Clean-Out-Your-Cabin Virtual Garage Sale!
Deer Lake property owners ... Do you have extra stuff you no longer need? Clean out your cabin/garage and support DLA now through the month of August. Proceeds go to support DLA's water quality and other important work. Here's how it works: identify stuff, post free ad on DLA's Facebook page, sell stuff, donate proceeds to DLA! More detail HERE and on DLA's Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1426038024368278/
FireWise was back for 2020 Pickup.
Hope to hear plans for next year!
Unfortunately the COVID-19 virus may play havoc on our plans!
Please check with the Activity Organizer for cancelations and,better yet,
meetings On Line
The DLA Schedule of Events and Activities is now on the
Calendar Page Click for updates
Please click the link above to see what's happening on
Deer Lake this Summer.
Highlights include several new items, all clickable.
All activites open to all DLA members: please join us for some fun!!
DLA Golf Scramble details here, next August 11
Book Club next discussion August 18 on Zoom
Bear Island Clean-up with social distance, next August 7
Hwy 62 Clean-up with safeguards, next time Sept. 12
Board Meetings will be on conference calls
and of course, the Deer Lake NON-FROLIC
See above for details on the Non-Frolic Donation appeal!
Another popular Summer Activity:
Launching a boat onto the Deer Lake Waters!
To protect the lake from
Aquatic Invasive Species
we have our new
Deer Lake Station
A beach full of invasive mussles makes bare feet impossible!
Video of AIS (featuring shots of Deer Lake)
Itasca County has an AIS program with
website to locate its decontamination stations
And here is a list of LOCAL LAKES WITH AIS: TAKE CAUTION!
Finally, and very important is the need for an active
Corps of Access Inspectors,
best drawn from Deer Lake Area residents.
Please help to find the best people for this
Essential Summer Job!
Please take note:
click here for
Dangers of Rural Living
And Much More
List of Neighborhood Communicators
All this Just a Click Away!
Message about Newsletter distribution via email.
It's always Time to Renew
your DLA Membership,
or JOIN the DLA!
Click here for Invoice
And Please consider becoming a
LIFETIME MEMBER of the DLA!
Click here for the latest Edition of the
Deer Lake Handbook
for Property Owners!
Beautiful Deer Lake
For generations, Deer Lake water quality has served as a foundation for family life and lakeshore property values. All property owners can unite around the goal of improving water quality.
DLA is introducing the Beautiful Deer Lake Water Quality Initiative. It long-term effort including AIS prevention strategies and initiatives to improve water quality by reducing phosphorus loads dumped into Deer Lake by streams, septic systems, storm-water run-off, and shoreline erosion. DLA is asking Deer Lake property owners to open our hearts to the lake and take action. Please join our effort to improve Deer Lake water quality. Thank you.
For more info click here!!
Now available from the Deer Lake Boutique:
Limited-edition vintage-inspired Deer Lake notecards, on linen paper with matching envelopes. Other Items also available!
Ten for $10.
The DNR has several live cameras!
Check this out:
Showy Laddy Slippers adorn the shores of Deer Lake.
Photo by Tom Kleinkauf
Please do not use Bear Island wood for camp fires on the Island.
Be sure to bring your own firewood!
Anybody remember the giant slide at Pinehurst Lodge in the old days?
More historical pics here!
New DLA Deer Lake Map!
Deer Lake Map available for purchase!
Includes names of bays, islands, fishing bars, and current and historical places of interest.
Available for purchase from the DLA Boutique.
$40 for 24"x36" size on text weight paper
$25 for 16"x24" size on text weight paper
$30 for 16"x24" size on special poly material that can get wet!
The 24"x36" and 16"x24" versions come printed on Text Weight paper, rolled up and ready to frame or hang to your wall directly. Print sizes fit standard frames readily available for purchase in local stores or online. The $30 16"x24" version is printed on special water-resistant poly material that you can keep in your boat to identify bays, islands, and fishing spots. (This map is not meant to be used as a navigational aid to avoid underwater obstructions). Our map is neither printed on UV resistant paper nor with UV resistant ink, so if you are concerned about sun-fade please discuss framing options with a local frame shop.
If you're interested, place an order by sending an email to Elise Widen at
Here's to Lew Johnston: sail on!
Interested in the Deer Lake Geocache Challenge?
The Geocache Challenge is now ready!
Find the starting point at the Deer Lake Access
Geocaching is a fun scavenger hunt for all ages, which uses a GPS device and some boating skills to find “caches” hidden around the lake.
Here is a Geocache website with all the locations:
The Beautiful Deer Lake Pretty View
The Pretty View from the Deer Lake Look-out on Co. Rd. 62 goes all the way across the length of Deer Lake, from north-east to south-west.
Deer Lake History
Deer Lake historical postcards HERE!
Deer Lake Photo Gallery
The year's best photos of Deer Lake and its environs can be found on the Gallery page. Contributions for this year start now! Please submit your best (digital) photos to the webmaster. Space may require a limit of three pictures. Photos should be lake-oriented, but this can include buildings, wildlife, people, weather formations, and other Deer Lake activities or scenes of all sorts. Send photos as email attachment photos in .jpg format with largest size/resolution possible to Tom Nelson, webmaster:
Itasca County Interactive Maps
This GIS map of the county includes parcel information.
* More Links to Area Attractions and Agencies HERE
* Look for Announcements, People, and Hints pages in the FORUM section--
* We welcome your submissions
* Hints and Important Information about
Cabin Life in Itasca County
About Deer Lake
Deer Lake is located in Itasca County about 12 miles north of Grand Rapids and about 8 miles NE of Deer River. The lake covers about 4,097 acres and is roughly 5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. There are 20.7 miles of shoreline (25.6 if islands are counted). The lake has no inlets and only one outlet into the Deer River. Its water comes from rainfall and many surface and underground springs. Deer Lake is considered "ooligotrophic" indicating very clear water with low nutrient levels.
There were 359 private "improved parcels" on Deer Lake (homes or cabins) counted during the 2005 survey, indicating mostly high shoreline development. An additional 141 non-improved parcels were mostly in common ownership with the improved, but recent development since 2005 has seen many more homes and cabins built around the lake. The State of Minnesota owns just 12 parcels, the majority of which are islands.
Often called the "Lake of the Changing Colors", Deer Lake's crystal-clear water contains minerals that changes it's water to a brilliant blue-green color on a bright summer day. This color, along with it's many islands and miles of scenic shoreline, make Deer Lake one of northern Minnesota's treasures.
Deer Lake's depth ranges up to 121 feet. There are many reefs and rockpiles, some rising suddenly in mid-lake. The lake has 920 acres of "littoral area" (where the depth is less that 15 feet deep). This rocky littoral area is great for fishing, but presents real concerns for the safe boater. Many anglers come to catch trophy muskies, but small-mouth & large-mouth bass, walleyed pike, northern pike and a wide assortment of panfish are also present. Very clear water presents a challenge for daytime fishing.
Boating on Deer Lake Photo by Sanna Pederson