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Spring has Sprung!

April showers bring May flowers...fingers crossed. But those showers bring high water and flood warnings. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for Aitkin and the North Shore. Click HERE for more info.


Much of the state has experienced Red Flag Fire warnings which means PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Before burning, check the DNR website for burning restrictions in our area.

Apply online for a burning permit:

To activate: 

  • Visit

  • You can also activate it by calling 1- 866-533-2876 and following the instructions in the pre-recorded message.

Both Island and Mud Lakes are ice-free as of May 1, 2023. Yay! We can't wait to see everyone enjoying the lakes. We have had some beautiful northern lights and the weather into May looks warmer but with a little rain. For the NOAA forecast, check out:

We are still experiencing some power blips so for those interested in tracking the power outage status you can find it at:

As you make your way BACK TO THE LAKE after this long, cold, snowy winter you might want to track the progress of hummingbirds as they travel north: Hummingbird Central. The color of the icon indicates the type of for Minnesota means ruby-throated.


MN ATV Trails Closed until at least May 15, 2023


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.

We've had some washed-out trails and flooded roads, so be aware and check the DNR closure information before you ride. Currently, the biggest washout around the Island-Mud area is Lens Road. This total washout will not be repaired until the road weight limits are lifted. Officially, 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. 


If you have a smartphone, download the Avenza Maps app for this trail map and others such as the Cuyuna biking trails. 

Before you ride the trails, click HERE to check the DNR OHV trail closure information.

For more OHV HERE.

MNDNR PDF Avenza HERE for info.

For Avenza Maps HERE.


Map of the trail system.

Will it be an "ice" fishing Opener?

The 2023 fishing opener is May 13th, and we had ice-out on both lakes on May 1st...yay! The average ice-out date is April clearly not an average year. If you want to check out ice-out dates for the state, click HERE.


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


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 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

the initial download of the 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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Photo courtesy of Chuck Pettipiece

Annual Meeting Minutes & Newsletter

Meeting Minutes

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.

Road Construction

Rain, Snow and Ice Report...& Road Construction

The roads are mostly dry and in good shape. Crow Wing County began grading a few of them this week but still be aware of soft spots and standing water. There are several road projects planned for our area that might impact your driving. This includes a roundabout in Crosby...see the map and seal coating County 36. Click HERE for the interactive map of all projects.

Check out the Important Numbers for links to lake services.

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.

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Around Town

Around Town

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

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

 -->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...check out their "When Pigs Fly" sandwich...delish! 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.

-->If you are looking for an excellent pizza or fresh-made sandwiches,
Shadow Pizza in Outing has a new name...Crooked Lake Cafe. And they serve breakfast! Click HERE for the menu and hours. 

-->The Bridge Tavern remodeled its bar and restaurant. Check out the changes HERE.

-->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!

-->Croft Kitchen (Formerly Croft Pub & Grub)
, located at 1st and Main St in Crosby, offers a wide variety of appetizers (the creole deviled eggs are to die for), burgers, and mains. Stop in for their monthly specials or to try one of their delicious flatbreads. Click HERE for their Facebook page!

-->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. Block North added The Locker Room...a craft pizza place...right next door. Click HERE for more info.


Photo courtesy of Jim Luttrell

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