Big Star Lake Association
Welcome to the Big Star Lake Association site. We hope the information here will be useful and look forward to your input and additions. Welcome to the next exciting stage in the evolution of our new website. The new website also has exactly the same content as our old site, but just moved around some of the content locations.
Big Star Lake Web Cam [February 7, 2017]
We sometimes get questions regarding the Big Star Lake Web Cam. Some of our BSL Association Members think that the BSL Board runs the Big Star Lake Web Cam.
The BSL Board has a great relationship with the the independents who run the Big Star Lake Web Cam. However, the BSL Board does not have a web cam which it runs.
We hope this clarifies any questions relates to the Big Star Lake Web Cam.
Drain update [January 23, 2017]
We provided the information below regarding the BSL Drain in our Fall / Winter 2016 Party Line BSL Newsletter. We have additional information to pass along at this time including:
Plans were moving quickly to get the permit for the new drain; hold a public meeting; and get bids to construct the new drain. Based on information from Steve Leonard at the Lake County Road Commission on January 10, 2017, it appeared that the process could be completed by late Spring 2017.
Unfortunately, on January 19, 2017, Steve Leonard communicated with us and indicated that the entire project was now on hold due to a concern related to the habitat for the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. We have been told that there will be a 90 day delay as this matter is assessed. This was a very unexpected event which will delay the drain replacement until at least the end of the Summer 2017.
So, to summarize:
1. There is no public meeting scheduled at this time related to the BSL drain;
2. The BSL drain project process is delayed for at least 90 days;
3. As soon as we hear any additional news about the drain, we will publish it on the BSL website.
What is happening with the drain? [Provided in the BSL Party Line Fall / Winter 2016 Newsletter]
During the summer, some of you may have noticed that the asphalt on the surface of BSL Road where the lake drain runs under the road had been cut away and replaced with new asphalt. It turns out there was a significant leak around the drain culvert and the road was washing away. The Lake County Road Commission made a temporary repair. However, after evaluation, the lake drain needed extensive work.
The Lake County Road Commission is responsible for the drain and its operation. After evaluation and analysis, the lake drain must be replaced.
The lake drain structures are 30 years old. The lake drain was built to comply with a Lake County Circuit Court order that established the high water mark at Big Star Lake. The Lake County Road Commission operates the current lake drain to comply with the Lake County Circuit Court order.
Lake County has hired an engineering firm and is currently reviewing two proposed new lake drain designs. They are also getting bids on construction costs and determining what permits are required, and how to fund the project. Once they have all of the above compiled, there will be Public Hearings to seek input.
Your association is following this project closely and we will do our best to keep you informed as to the status.
It has been pretty quiet in Lake Township this month. But, as you can see, for those that are year rounders, there is some construction going on in a few places and no waiting going on at Mel’s, Natahka, or the gas station.
Update on the snowmobile trails. According to Norm Thiel our trail groomer the snow depth is sufficient to ride on right now. However, travel cautiously with the warmer temperatures there might be some melting in spots. He is not sure how long the snow will last.
The township has been working ahead on 2017 for a gypsy moth spray this season. The Milfoil treatment is also being continued and a survey/report will come out early this spring to give us an indication of whether the treatment is working.
The BSLA Board will be meeting for the upcoming month and we are happy to have a great group of members who love Big Star Lake and its community.
Attention Snowmobilers on Big Star Lake: To make sure that all snowmobilers on Big Star Lake are safe, we are providing notice that in the Big Star Lake North Bay, there is a “bubbler” being used to keep ice from forming around a dock and boat lift in the water. So there is no misunderstanding, it is not unlawful to use a “bubbler.” Each cottage owner needs to make his/her own decision about using a “bubbler.” Since this is the first time the Big Star Lake Association can recall anyone using a “bubbler,” we simply wanted to do what we can to provide notice that the bubbler is being used and that anyone using Big Star Lake for recreational purposes in the North Bay needs to be aware of the bubbler and be careful. Best of Winter sporting to all.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to Our Big Star Lake Family