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2017 Fall Newsletter Published

posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:41 AM by Tim Theis

2017 Spring Newsletter Published

posted May 4, 2017, 7:28 PM by Crow Wing Lake Association

The 2017 spring newsletter has been posted here.

Curlyleaf pondweed treatment planned for May 8-15 & Spring Meeting June 3rd

posted May 4, 2017, 7:13 PM by Crow Wing Lake Association

Greetings CWLA Residents:

I received the following notification from our weed treatment vendor, Ron Duy, Central MN Aquatics:

Curlyleaf pondweed treatment will be performed between May 8-15, 2017 and any one NOT wanting treatment within 150 feet of their shoreline may contact us at 218 963-7345 to opt out of having treatment performed. 
New DNR guidelines requires us to notify all lake residents, who may opt OUT of the treatment, whether they returned an authorization form or not.

Best Regards,
Ron Duy, Jr.
Central Minnesota Aquatics
26735 Middle Cullen Road
Nisswa, MN  56468
218 963-7345

Also: Reminding you all that our annual SPRING MEETING will be:   

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 Coffee
9:30 Meeting
Fort Ripley Town Hall (on 371 west of the lake)

You may bring your $15 dues to the meeting, mail them to us at PO Box 136, or join CWLA on line at

If you have not yet submitted your weed treatment authorization, please mail your authorization form directly to Central MN Aquatics (address on the form).  Please do so no later than JUNE 1 to make your property lakeshore eligible for the swimmer's itch treatment later this summer.   

Hope to see you soon!

Weed Treatment Authorizations Due May 1, 2017 (Attached)

posted Jan 24, 2017, 1:24 PM by Crow Wing Lake Association

 As we have done in the past, I am sending out to you the 2017 Authorization Form for treatment of of the following:  (SEE ATTACHED)
  • Curly Leaf Pondweed (designated by the DNR as an invasive species)
  • Sago Pondweed (a nuisance weed (not considered an invasive species by the DNR ... this is the stringy stuff!)
  • Swimmers Itch (a temporary treatment for the snail larvae which is the primary cause of swimmers' itch)
Our Crow Wing Lake LID has contracted with Central MN Aquatics to again be the vendor to treat these weeds.   Ron and Michelle Duy, of CMA, will process all the permits for the treatments, survey our lake for the most problematic areas, and apply the treatments as directed.   The Curly Leaf Pondweed (invasive species) will be treated lake-wide in the areas designated by high infestation.   However, the Sago Pondweed and Swimmers' Itch treatment will be applied in an area around your dock,  but only if you authorize the treatment.


  1. The Curly Leaf treatment will be applied early in June when water temperature and weed growth best respond to the herbicide. (This treatment is determined by the survey of heavily infested areas lake-wide;  no personal dock signage is required)
  2. The Swimmers' Itch treatment will be applied just before the 4th of July weekend, pending weather conditions.   Your Lake Assn Area Reps will be delivering signs to post on your docks to indicate treatment sites. (ONLY IF YOU HAVE RETURNED THE ATTACHED FORM)
  3. Later in the summer, you will receive in the mail,  another sign that you will have to post on your own dock, to indicate permission to treat the Sago Pondweed (the stringy weed, AGAIN, ONLY IF YOU RETURNED THIS AUTHORIZATION FORM)
These treatments are provided to lake property owners at no additional charge*.  Payment for these treatments come from The Crow Wing Lake Improvement District (LID) funds. The CWL LID fund was established by CWL property owners; and owners determine the specified LID property tax assessment each fall at our CWL LID Annual Meeting.  You may go to our website for additional information.

*For a small fee, property owners may choose to purchase a 2nd Swimmers' Itch treatment as an option.   

I know this sounds repetitive and I apologize for the inconvenience - but every year there is lots of confusion over these treatments.... and sometimes lake owners are scrambling to get an authorization form at the last minute.   The best time to take care of returning this form is NOW!  Both our herbicide vendor and the Lake Assn leadership will appreciate your help with this!.

So...think spring - get this little task done and enjoy the rest of this winter.   A print copy of this form will be mailed to those who are not on this email list.   

Thank you for sharing your email with the association, you are saving us lots in printing costs and postage. Please download the attached form, print it, sign it and  mail it to:

Central MN Aquatics, Inc.
26735 Middle Cullen Road
Nisswa, MN  56468

FINAL DEADLINE IS MAY 1, 2017.....let's get 'er done now!

LID 5 Year Report (2012-2016)

posted Jan 24, 2017, 1:05 PM by Crow Wing Lake Association

Thanks to Mike Valentine for all of his leadership and work on the Crow Wing Lake LID.

2016 Fall CWLA Newsletter

posted Aug 8, 2016, 9:56 AM by Crow Wing Lake Association   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 1:07 PM by Tim Theis ]

The Fall Newsletter has been posted here.

CLWA Fall Garage Sale, Association Meeting and LID Meeting

posted Aug 3, 2016, 11:16 AM by Crow Wing Lake Association

Though it's hard to believe it's nearly August - I guess we just can't deny it!  There still remains many sun-fun filled days on Crow Wing Lake however!  We've certainly had some beauties... and we really have water!!!  (Oh....and have you noticed the mosquitoes by chance!????)

As required by LID guidelines, we are sending out a notice for our fall CWL Lake Improvement District (LID) meeting.  Please mark your calendars and join us for a free brunch and meeting which will include elections.  Our Association meeting will also be held, following adjournment of the LID meeting. 

We will have an opening on our LID Board this fall.  If you have any interest in serving - please let us know or send us nominations.  

Notice of our LID
This will also be printed in the Dispatch and included in our Fall Newsletter coming to you later this month. All events also included on the CWLA calendar.

The Crow Wing Lake Improvement District (LID) will hold its annual meeting at 9:00 am  on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the St. Mathias Community Center.  Crow Wing Lake Residents are invited to come for a complimentary brunch following the meeting.  An election of LID officers will be held.  The Crow Wing Lake Association will hold its fall meeting following adjournment of the LID Meeting. Nominations for new the LID Board may be sent to:

Crow Wing Lake Association / LID
PO Box 136
Brainerd, MN  56401

CWLA All-Lake Garage Sale: AUGUST 12-13, 2016
Also, we know many of you have been cleaning out those closets and basements.... The CWLA All-Lake Garage Sale will be held for 2 days this year on Friday and Saturday, August 12-13, 2016. Your association will be placing an ad in the newspaper, advertise it in Social Media and post signs around the lake.  If you plan on taking advantage of this great CWLA event - we hope you will support our Association by sending in your annual summer dues if you haven't done so....$15...what a steal!  We are still accepting dues for the 2016-17 year.  (Mail to PO Box 136, Brainerd, MN 56401).  
** New this year - you may also register and pay your dues on-line by visiting our website.... very convenient! 

A note from Mike Valentine, CWLA LID President

posted Jul 19, 2016, 1:40 PM by Crow Wing Lake Association

Cindy and I attended a meeting in Little Falls that was hosted by MPCA.  MPCA invited lake monitor volunteers from all around the state to talk about their experiences with the program.  They even asked me to say a few words about what we've been doing over the last several years.

MPCA has produced a pretty interesting report about water clarity around the state that is attached to this post.

Swimmer's Itch Update & 4th of July Activities

posted Jun 28, 2016, 8:56 AM by Crow Wing Lake Association

Can you believe it... it's already 4th of July time on Crow Wing Lake.... and there is lots going on!

First of all - the DNR permit to spray for swimmer's itch has been obtain and, our vendor, Central MN Aquatics will be doing the application of the copper sulfate on EARLY Thursday morning, June 30, just in time for our big weekend.  Swimmers' itch is alive and well - so we're thankful our LID can provide this treatment.  Let's hope that wind dies down!  IF you returned your authorization form, your area rep will be delivering an ORANGE sign sometime between Tuesday evening and Wed evening.  These signs will note the areas to be treated. This sign must be posted on your dock or shoreline, before Thursday morning. If you are not home, your area rep will be securing your sign to the end of your dock or someplace visible on your shoreline.  Please extend a big thank you to area reps - as they have to get this job done for all of us in a very short time frame!

On Saturday, July 2,  King's Ransom will be playing on the water - near the POINT around 3:00pm.  Please note, this is NOT A CWLA SPONSORED EVENT, but something that has become a tradition thanks to friends of band members and many volunteers.  The concert is gratis - but donations are welcomed and encouraged - so please do not forget to bring some cash out on your boats to donate to the band, when the hat is passed. The event is becoming quite popular, with many more boats than usual on our little lake.  Please boat responsibly and remember:  Please do not litter and keep in mind, SAFETY FIRST!

Another fun event that has become a tradition is the annual 4.4 on the 4th!
Get your shoes, bikes, trikes, or other wheels shined up... or bring your encouragement for participants and come join the fun next Monday!
Monday, July 4, 2016 @ 8:30 am
  • The Start/Finish line is located on the corner of Chippewa Lane and Chippewa Shores Road
  • Kids 1 mile race will begin after the main race completes (around 9:30)

If you are interested in purchasing a CROW WING LAKE sign.... Matt Worms has so graciously volunteered to make them available to our membership.  Contact Matt if you'd like to proudly display one at your home or cabin.   Matt can be reached at 320 250-5288 or  Thank you Matt!

And thank you to all who have joined our Assn this year and paid their $15 dues!  We appreciate your support.  We're so excited to announce we now have the ability to join and renew memberships on-line!   Thank you Tim, Adam and Jeanne - for getting this convenient system set up.  We expect membership to grow by leaps and bounds~  Invite your neighbors to join - especially if you have any new property owners in your neighborhood!   

Happy 4th of July!  Have fun and stay safe!

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