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Bridge/Culvert Update on 11th

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

A few of us met with Jerry Hertaus, who gave us an update on the Hwy 64 culvert replacement project.  As most are aware, MnDOT had moved forward with designs to replace the current 16×10′ arch-pipe culvert that was placed in the 1950’s with a 12×12′ inside dimension box culvert.  The original presentation was given to the Lake Asssociation in Fall of 2018.

As was reported at the Fall 2020 Lake Association meeting, money was set aside in the Mn Bonding bill for additional funds for a short span bridge to replace the current arch-pipe culvert.   The money was not earmarked however, and the official MnDOT course had not changed away from the 12×12 box culvert.   Although this sized culvert would allow many more boats to travel under Hwy 64, there are a significant number that still would be too tall to cross underneath (most pontoons and I/O or straight inboard boats with wake towers).

At this point, many of you helped write letters of support of a bridge crossing instead of the 12×12 culvert.  27 of them in fact!  These were forwarded along in a long string of official letters from Jerry detailing the history of Eleventh Crow Wing and how a 12×12 culvert will not sufficiently address boating needs for the future.   Pontoons are a very popular type of boat.  At least on the East basin where I spend most of my time, many if not most of the new boats have been pontoons.  This replacement will be with our residents and 11th Crow Wing lake for generations, so there is a lot at stake.

After a long period of discussions with MnDOT, the best course of action is to upsize the previously proposed 12×12′ box culvert to a 14×14′ box culvert.  The width of the smaller culvert would not normally be an issue, however imagine what happens when a cross wind is blowing across the culvert and your boat is trying to exit.  Then the extra 2′ of clearance will be very welcome.   The main factor has always been the air gap height from water line to the top of the structure.  Here are the stats:  Current culvert is 4’ from water to top center, but that is really only true on the east end.  Near the west end exit it drops closer to 38-40″ (likely due to settling).  And also remember the arch shape makes the usable height less as you move out to the sides of your water craft.  A box culvert won’t have this shape limitation.  Back to the concrete box culverts, the 12×12′ as originally proposed had a 6′ interior height.  Much better for full windshield boats of all sizes.  But only pontoons that sit low in the water with shorter furniture and side rails will fit through.   And certainly not comfortably.  With a 20′ wide short spanned bridge, the height was increased to 6.5-7′.   Obviously those extra 6-12″ are huge.  BUT, here’s where it gets good.  The 14×14′ box culvert with the same invert elevation (bottom of the culvert as current) has a 7.5′ waterline height.  This should be tall enough for most (if not all?) pontoons to get through the culvert.  About the only thing that might not fit are wake board boats with fixed towers.  Even some of these might fit through a 14×14′ opening.

Costs for a 14×14′ box culvert are lower and the design work is significantly less than a short spanned bridge.  Just as important is the extra time that would have been required to pursue a bridge option.  Unknown how long this process might have taken, but an extra 3-6 years is not out of the question.  So…despite the current plans not including a short spanned bridge, we are in a position to have an extra 6-12″ in height over the bridge option.  The extra 2 feet of width will also make navigation in a cross wind much easier for all craft.  The length of the culvert will be extended on both sides per MnDOT’s desire to remove the guard rails and keep ATV/UTV traffic off of Hwy 64.  The extra width will allow the trail to extend to the west of the highway, as it currently is for all but the Culvert crossing.

Last to talk about is timing.  The 12×12′ culvert project was scheduled to be installed in fall of 2021 (yep this fall).  With the recent design change to a 14×14′ culvert, a strong push was made to keep the same construction schedule to complete work in 2021.  Although this is still a possibility, it could slip to 2022.  Although a potential delay is a little disappointing, I think we would all agree the small extra wait would be worth it.  A huge thanks to Jerry for putting together strong logical arguments that are grounded with an engineering background!

11th Crow Wing Phenology (Ice In & Ice Out)

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Here’s a long overdue update to our Ice-In/Ice-Out Data for 11th Crow Wing Lake since we started collecting official data.  We are still missing an ice in date for 2018, so please send to an admin via email if you have the information.

Average Ice In Date is December 1st.  Average Ice Out Date is April 20th.

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Ice Out

Thank You!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Many thanks to the active members of our Lake Association.  I received or was copied on 27 letters of support for a bridge crossing over 11th Crow Wing Lake.  Those were forwarded to Senator Utke and Representative Hertaus on the evening of January 20th.  That’s community based action at its best!!

One email was received from an owner who was not in favor of a bridge due to increased boat traffic.  I certainly respect that opinion.

Hope you can get out and do something fun amongst the colder weather while also keeping safe from Covid.  Hope to see many of you at the spring meeting in May (Zoom again)

 

Fall Meeting – Zoom Recording

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays despite them being “different” this year.  Excluding October, it seems the weather we’re having so far has been close to ideal.  Snapped this pic walking out to the ice fishing house in front of our property.  Ice thickness is about 9 1/2″ on the northern shore of the East Basin.  Nothing real cold in the forecast so please be cautious out there.  Check out the ice safety page if you’re not experienced in ice travel and remember no ice is completely safe.

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Below is the recording of the Zoom meeting that John Paasonen setup.  It worked for me if you click the link and then typed in the passcode (for some reason when I copied/pasted the pass code h.aXj9CK it didn’t work).  This way anyone interested in the Fall Meeting details can check it out.

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Topic: 11th CW L.A. Fall Meeting
Date: Oct 31, 2020 09:45 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Share recording with viewers:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2SWDRdrasRLhYYdgiJrv0ssRLro6RyuBIWjIvHKpDqF_j6-u2YtNoifzfePw-ZdV.4CFGnYkrLOVyB6dI

Passcode: h.aXj9CK

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Fall Update

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving folks.  Hope everyone is staying safe and doing well.  We had our Fall Lake Association Meeting in late October, Halloween to be exact.  Quick summary is the Mn Bonding Bill included additional funds for a bridge crossing between the two basins of 11th Crow Wing!  More news to come on that as plans are solidified, but excellent progress has been made.  So if you didn’t have a chance to attend the meeting, we will look into posting the Zoom recording link soon.

John Paasonen and I are updating the info for Ice In/Ice Out.  Through the various social media posts, I think we have filled in all of the gaps back to the currently posted 2017 info with the exception of 2018 Ice In date (send me an email with info if you have it).  Also we’re heading up to the cabin for Thanksgiving weekend, so I’ll know if its iced in now or not soon.  But if it already did, or if it Ice’s in after Thanksgiving weekend, I’d appreciate a quick email or post it on our L.A. Facebook page.   Thanks folks!

Also a reminder to check out the ice safety page for a refresher before you head out on the ice this winter.  Scott

Water Quality – Laboratory Results

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Ken Emmeck and Brad Thompson are our water quality volunteers.  A few times a year they grab samples and then take the time to promply run them over in a cooler to an area collection point.  It does require a certain amount of commitment, so thanks guys!

Below is a link to RMB Environmental Laboratories database, who processes and analyzes our samples.  If you follow the link below you will be directed to their data base page.  Select Hubbard County and Eleventh Crow Wing Lake to see the latest data and trending analysis.

https://www.rmbel.info/data/

Chlorophyll is improving with 80% confidence as is Secchi Disk with 90% confidence.  Total phosphorus is in a better than expected range when compared to similar area lakes.  So keep it up folks.  Limiting or being careful with fertilizers, maintaining and cleaning out septic systems on schedule, and keeping a buffer strip near the lakeshore are all things that we can do to help the water quality of our great gem of a lake.

At the spring meeting we also discussed the “restore the shore” program that Hubbard County COLA has.  If you do some homework and can plan on placing tree orders early, you can score quite a few small trees for a very nominal cost.  There usually is an order deadline and a pickup deadline.  See link below for more information.  These trees could be planted near the shore, or anywhere on your property for that matter.

http://hubbardcolamn.org/score–restore-your-shore.html

New Fishing Regulation – 11th Crow Wing

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Please note that fishing regulations for northern pike have changed.  The entire north central corridor of lakes in Minnesota has new rules governing keeping northern pike.  See link below with excerpt from Mn DNR website:

“In the north-central zone, anglers will be able to keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. Northern pike taken by spearing follow the same rules except one pike may be between 22 and 26 inches or two larger than 26 inches.”

The special regulation regarding Pike that has existed on 10th Crow Wing for many years continues and supersedes the new regulations above:  “Northern Pike: minimum size 40″, Possession limit one”.

https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/pike/index.html

Lake Association Opening

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

If interested, we have a volunteer opening on the Lake Association for Secretary.  The work is only at the two meetings per year (spring and fall), and then 0.5 – 1 hour to type up the minutes and send to President/VP.

Please contact Scott (contact info below) if you have a desire to volunteer for either of these openings.  Thanks!!

 

Boating Safety Flyer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Kim updated the boating safety page.  Hoping this is super easy for you to print out and display somewhere convenient in your cabin (fridge, corkboard, etc).   A lot of good reminders, as well as some important phone numbers regarding boating safety.  Lets have fun and be safe out there!

Lake Association BoatSafteyFlyer

10th and 11th Crow Wing Lakes Association – Main

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Hello and welcome to 10th & 11th Crow Wing Lakes Association website!   We are neighbors helping neighbors for the greater good of the lakes.  

We invite you, both local citizens and visiting guests, to utilize this website as a resource for enjoying our two northern Minnesota lakes in Hubbard County and assisting us in being good stewards of our beautiful spring-fed natural resource.  To join our association – yes, anyone who cares about the lakes can join!   Click here for LA application (for new members, as well as to renew for current members).  Our association meets just twice a year, spring and fall, so keeping informed and active is easy and efficient. 

Otherwise, feel free to contact the committee leaders of each of the projects below to offer your assistance or comments — we are a 100% non-profit, volunteer organization, and could always use assistance (time, money, energy).   Thank you for considering helping us take care of the lakes for everyone to enjoy, for generations to come!

A Lakes Management Plan was completed in April 2011 (link to .pdf file here:Lake Assoc-11th CW Lake PLAN final .  This plan mentions a brief history of our Lakes Association (started in 2001), a bit of historical facts on lakes themselves, water clarity testing (11th averages 14′ clarity), in-depth DNR fisheries plan for both lakes, DNR aquatic vegetation map for 11th, goals for the association, and an outline of Plans of Action for several particular ongoing projects:

1)  Curly Leaf Pondweed Control (Aquatic Invasive Species)

2)  AIS Prevention in our Lakes – Education and Inspection

3)  Highway 64 Issues

  • culvert replaced with bridge
  • ATV trail safety and erosion concern
  • rumble strip noise and biking safety concern

4)  Loon Nests

There is some other information posted in the Akeley community website, see link below.  We are also on Facebook, so check out that link as well.  And finally there is a link to Hubbard county COLA.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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