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Summer Events 2022


Sunday, July 3rd • 1:00 pm

Spruce up your boat with patriotic decor at this just-for-fun event! Join in on this Independence Day event that has been an Island/Mud Lake tradition. Please display an American Flag somewhere on your boat..any boat...pontoons, big boats, small boats...all line up near the public access for the 1:00 pm start time. No prizes will be awarded...but for those that finish the parade look for something special at the end! Please cheer on your neighbors from your docks if you are not participating in the parade.



Saturday, July 2nd 7:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Join your neighbors at this fun one day fishing event! To register, please call/text Jerry Finnerty at 612-987-2275, with names and ages of participants. Contest rules will be posted on the Bulletin Board at the “Y” and on our website. Prizes by fish species and special prizes for ALL youth participants. Join us at the pubic landing at 5:00p.m. for refreshments and prizes. Remember to follow all DNR fishing regulations and WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS!



Saturday, July 16th • 4:00 pm

Our annual meeting will be at Levi’s Field on Walworth Road. Social time and Kid's Games at 4:00, potluck meal to follow at 5:00, and the annual meeting is after the meal. The Association will provide the meat, chips, and water. Please bring a dish to share, lawn chairs, and your preferred beverage. We will have a guest speaker to make a short presentation on a topic relevant to our lakes. All property owners and their families are welcome to attend. This year we will also have our raffle and prizes purchased from our local businesses. Our 13 month IMLPOA Calendars will also be distributed at the Picnic free to all attendees. Please bring a non-perishable food item or cash in support of the Emily Food Shelf. The Association will also match all cash donations to the Food Shelf collected at the picnic . Watch this web site and the bulletin board on Island Lake Rd and Walworth for additional meeting information on the Annual Meeting business action items.


Emily to Blind Lake Trail Open!


Trail kiosk at the intersection of Lens Rd and County 106 has maps and other information.


One of several scenic spots on the Emily trail.

The Emily to Blind Lake ATV trail is finally open! It connects to several other trails in our area and is 56 miles in length which includes the Moose River Trails. The Emily Blind Lake Trail is open from May 15th to October 31st for Class I and Class II ATVs, as well as Off Highway Motorcycles. This new multi-use ATV trail is a 16-mile trail connecting the counties of Crow Wing and Aitkin. The trail connects two major north-central Minnesota ATV Trail systems, the Emily Outing and Moose River ATV Trails, with the Aitkin County Northwoods Regional ATV Trail System, forming a continuous loop of over 70-miles of GIA Trail. 


Come prepared, though. The trail is narrow and a little bumpy but provides access to amazing scenery and wildlife. If you have a smart phone, download the Avenza Maps app for this trail map and others such as the Cuyuna biking trails. 

For more information...click HERE.

MNDNR PDF Avenza maps...click HERE for info.

For Avenza Maps info...click HERE.


Map of the trail system.

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National Loon Center

Jon Mobeck, director of the National Loon Center, spoke to members at the IMLPOA annual meeting on July 17, 2021. Of particular interest was the effect of lead-free tackle on loons. He urged us to visit the loon center, The Nest, in Crosslake for more information. Click HERE for the loon center Facebook page.

Get the Lead Out: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Program

Get the Lead Out is an educational program to protect and restore the population of common loons in Minnesota by reducing their exposure to lead-based fishing tackle. This outreach effort will run from 2020-2023. 

The MPCA had a similar program in the early 2000s. This program held over 200 tackle exchanges that collected over 8,000 lbs of lead, distributed 50,000 sample packets of lead-free tackle, and created displays of lead-free tackle at retail stores. 

Online retailers who sell lead free tackle

MPCA list of companies who sell lead free tackle

Email for more info

Local retailers

Oars-N-Mine Docks & Lifts, Crosby, MN

(218) 546-6912

Reddings Sports & Spirits, Emily, MN

(218) 763-2191

If you have a concern about drones in the Island/Mud Lake area:



- It is legal to own and operate a drone.

- In general, privacy is not violated since airspace is "public" and an expectation of privacy is not protected on beaches or open areas.

- Drones are treated as aircraft and shooting one down is a federal offense.

- It is possible that in some cases a drone may violate privacy and in those cases the property opener should contact local law enforcement.


As a lake association we have no enforcement authority, but are able to pass on information that is generally available on public sources. We can and will encourage drone owners to be courteous and respectful in the operation of any drones.


If the property owner has specific issues, it is best that they contact local law enforcement. Use the link below for more information:



Animal Cams

Animals provide a much needed respite from our long winters. There are many animal cams available for your viewing. Here are a few:


MN DNR GeoPDF maps app

See your location with the GeoPDF maps...best part...

Cell service is not needed!


Don't get lost in the woods, navigate large remote areas using DNR Geospatial

PDFs ("GeoPDFs") on your mobile device. Display your current location like

Google Maps, but you don't have to be connected to the internet or have cell

service while using the maps. Note: mobile service or internet is required for

initial download of app.

Maps available:

  • DNR Recreation Basemap

  • Most State Parks

  • OHV Trails

  • Water Trails

  • Some State Forests

  • Trout Stream Angling

  • Water Access

  • State Trails

  • Snowmobile Trails

Click HERE for more info & link to download app.

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Road Construction

For information on road projects in other parts of Crow Wing County...click HERE for Crow Wing County interactive highway map.


Annual Meeting Minutes & Newsletter


Island/Mud Lake Property Owners' Association meets each summer for a picnic day of fun & games and a chance to reconnect or meet your neighbors. The end of this day culminates with an annual meeting. This meeting is YOUR chance to get information about the lakes or make your voice known if there is an issue.
Click HERE for Current Spring/Summer/Fall Newsletter.

Click HERE for the Current Annual Meeting Minutes.

Click HERE for to pay your dues or download a membership form.

Click HERE for the amended by-laws.

Rain, Snow and Ice Report


WOW...what a week! The Island/Mud Lake area was hit by a powerful storm on the evening of June 20, 2022. Hundreds of large trees were toppled in yards and many completely blocked the roads. As you drive along County 106 or the Island Lake Road, look for evidence of the storm. A special thanks to the Emily Fire Dept for opening up the roads around Island and Mud Lakes Monday night and early morning Tuesday to make all roads passable. And thanks to Andy Moritz for bringing his large loader down to push the very large trees off the roads. Awesome job!

Check out the Minnesota DNR storm report HERE for
 more info.

Click HERE for the NOAA weather report.
Click HERE for the latest Outdoor News fishing report.

Around Town


Lots of new places to eat...or brand spanking new menus. Enjoy your favorite restaurants!

-->The Red Pine Cookhouse is now open. It feature a mixture of Asian and American favorites with special seasonal menu items. Click HERE for more information.

-->If you are looking for an excellent pizza or fresh-made sandwiches, check out Shadow Pizza in Outing. Click HERE for the menu and hours. 

-->The Log Cabin Bar is now serving fresh-made burgers Monday through Saturday from 11 until 3 pm. Click HERE to see all the changes and the new bar menu!
-->Big Al's Bar and Grill has a new, expanded menu and is planning some remodeling starting Monday, May 2! Click HERE for the menu and hours.
-->The Pickled Loon Saloon of Emily has a great menu selection, live music, and awesome outdoor seating. Click HERE for the menu and hours.

-->The Bridge Tavern remodeled its bar and restaurant. Check out the changes HERE.
-->One Block North,restaurant and brewpub in Aitkin has an upscale menu and craft beers. Click HERE for their Facebook page. The restaurant is open with onsite brewing.

-->Trailside Tavern, located in the old Crosby Bar location, offers a wide selection of new and old favorites. Click HERE for their Facebook page.

-->Hardwater Lounge, located on Main St in Crosby, offers craft cocktails, smoked cocktails, and a variety of beers. Stop in for a unique experience. Click HERE to check it out or HERE for their Facebook page!