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Pontoons on Deer Lake

Margot & Dave Chatterton, Official DLA Pontoon Census takers, have been counting pontoon boats on Deer Lake since 1993. It’s a fun way to cruise the lake with friends and amuse yourself with a meaningless statistic. In 2014 our count totaled 146 pontoons. We estimate our accuracy at +/- 3 boats. Our previous counts have been; 1993 – 54; 1998 – 68; 2002 – 106; 2005 – 128; 2006 – 138; 2009 – 136 and 2012 – 138. We had rapid growth in boats between 1993 and 2005. Perhaps the growth is due to climate change since climate change seems to be responsible for most everything in the 21st century!
 

 

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Deer Lake Loon Flexing           

Photo by Rich Anderson

Loon Calendars are now available.

 

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[Last update: 7-24-14]

 

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Message about the Newsletter distribution via Email

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Deer Lake Weather Report 

Deer Lake Weather Map

Deer Lake Weather Data, 2013

DLA Spring 2014 Newsletter
 

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  A beach full of invasive mussles makes bare feet impossible!

Invasive Species Crisis in Minnesota threatens Deer Lake!!

This could happen here if we are not VERY CAREFUL!

 

Volunteers will be needed at the single public acces on Deer Lake!

Please call our Deer Lake Access Inspector General for schedual information:

Call Rich Anderson: 612-616-6830

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 Interested in a Deer Lake geocache challenge?

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. We would plan to develop a series of three to five caches around Deer Lake that would be a fun activity for everyone to learn more about healthy lakeshores. Feel free to contact me, Anna Johnson, if you have any question/concerns, ideas, comments, or are willing to have a cache on or near your lakeshore at annaj@mtu.edu.

 

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Up-Coming DLA Events

Tuesday, July 22nd, 4:30pm:  DLA Book Club at the Erickson's home (dinner out follows)

Friday, August 1st, 9am:  Bear Island Cleanup; meet at island

Wednesday, August 6th:  DLA BBQ???  (we need a coordinator and host)

Tuesday, August 12th, 4:30pm:  Deer Lake FROLIC at Camp Hiawatha

Tuesday, August 19th, 1pm:  DLA Golf Scramble at Eagle Ridge

Tuesday, August 26th, 4:30pm:  DLA Book Club at Jan Hill's home (dinner out follows)

Wednesday, August 27, 5:30pm:  Salad Potluck at Brown's on Deer Path

 Please bring a salad (or other dish) to share, and your choice of beverage.  We will provide bread, coffee and dessert.RSVP: pamelabrown@charter.net or call: 218 246-2565.

Friday, August 29, 5pm: Spaghetti Dinner at Camp Hiawatha

Friday, September 5th, 9am:  Bear Island Cleanup; meet at island

Saturday, September 6th, 9:30am:  Co Rd 62 Cleanup; meet at Baptist Church

Tuesday, September 9th, 4:30pm:  DLA Book Club at David Johnson's home (dinner out follows)

Tuesday, September 16th, 2:30pm:  DLA Golf Scramble at Pokegema

Wednesday, September 19th:  DLA BBQ??? (we need a coordinator and host)

 

Foxes prowl Deer Lake Woods          Photo by Tom Kleinkauf

 

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    The Big Fish Contest kicks off on opener, 2014!

 

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A Bird's-Eye View of Kocemba Bay Aquatic Spawning Area

This is the location of the controversial commercial development by Living Word Bible Camp

For Latest News on LWBC, CLICK HERE

 

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(click for pix)

Best Pix from 2013 Webpage Here

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Paddleboarding on Deer Lake at Sunset               Photo by Blake Woxland

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Gunny

(Click for Memorial page)

 

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*  Do you know your DLA Area Communicator?

 

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Deer Lake Diagnostic Study is Complete

Click Here

 

Large spring water seep in 3 feet of water: don't step here (or you will sink past your knee!))

SPRINGS

If you know of similar SPRINGS on Deer Lake please contact

Spring Study Coordinator, Tom Nelson

 

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  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 

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DLA Boutique  

The DLA Boutique has many great items for your home, cabin or as a gift to friends

Call Elise Widen @ 246-2708,

or (612)-868-5083 (off-season)

 

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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@deerlakeassn.net

Photos from the past years have been moved to their own pages: CLICK HERE!

 

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Some Items and Links worth exploring:

Click here for the TICK page!

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WI DNR: Fish and Trees

Northern Minnesota Fishing Report from Guide Jeff Sundin

 

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Shoreland Best Management Practice Information

This webpage from the University of Minnesota Extension Service includes fact-sheets designed to assist shoreland property owners in protecting and preserving water quality.  These include information on septic systems, shoreline stabilization, erosion control, lawns and gardens, invasive species, and much more.  Scroll to bottom for index of topics.

 

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Itasca County Interactive Map

This GIS map of the county includes parcel information.

 

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**  Itasca Water Legacy Partnership invites your support!! 

**  DLA EMail Project continues to encourage your participation; 

*  More Links to Area Attractions and Agencies HERE 

*  Look for AnnouncementsPeople, and Hints pages in the FORUM section--

*  We welcome your submissions

Hints and Important Information about
Cabin Life in Itasca County

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Minnesota DNR

Our DNR Lake ID Number is 310719

DNR Lake Information

MN DNR: Invasive Species in Itasca County

THE WATER'S EDGE

Helping Fish and Wildlife on your Lakeshore Property.

LakeLubbers article on Deer Lake

Check out the feature on Deer Lake in the June Issue of Cabin Life magazine

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 MORE LINKS HERE!

 

  Deer Lake historical postcards HERE! 

 

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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.

 

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Boating on Deer Lake       Photo by Sanna Pederson

 

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