June Update
4th of July Boat Flotilla!

Q. What’s the perfect summer activity during this summer of social distancing?

A. LICA’s Annual 4th of July Boat Flotilla!

 

So many summer activities have been canceled, but there’s one event that will be held as usual - LICA’s 4th of July Boat Flotilla. Since most boat crews are family members, and boats will always be at least 6 feet apart, it will be easy to maintain social distancing. So start planning your decorations now!

 

All types of crafts are welcome - cruisers, pontoons, sailboats, etc. Prizes will be awarded to the boats with the best decorations. Event details will be posted on Facebook and this website soon. 

 

Here are some of our past winners:

2020 Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY  15th

Winter Party on Ice

On the ice behind 5010 South Lakeshore Dr.

2:00 - 5:00 PM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29th

2019-20 Fishing Tournament closes

SATURDAY, APRIL 11th 

Annual Members Meeting & Ice Cream Social 

POSTPONED

New date TBD - watch for announcement

SATURDAY, MAY 9th

Fishing Opener

2020-2021 Fishing Tournament begins

JUNE (date TBD)

AIS Inspection

SATURDAY, JULY 4th

4th of July Boat Flotilla

JULY (date TBD)

AIS Inspection

SEPTEMBER (date TBD)

AIS Inspection

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

Octoberfest Picnic

Baker Park Pavilion

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Neighborhood Night Out

Welcome to Lake Independence

Lake Independence is a beautiful recreational lake in Western Hennepin County, Minnesota. The lake is 844 acres in size and about 58 feet at its deepest. 

Adorning its shores are 104 residential properties, Three Rivers Parks Baker Park Reserve, Vinland Center, and YMCA Camp Iduhapi. The lake has 5.8 miles of shoreline and two islands on the northwest side of the lake. 

Water Level Chart Here
Shoreline restoration will reduce phosphorus load

At their May 5 City Council meeting, the Medina City Council approved funding for major improvements to the shoreline at Lakeshore Park in Independence Beach. This was one of the phosphorus reduction projects recommended in the Ardmore Sub-Watershed Assessment. 

 

The shoreline below the park and adjacent to the boat launch is severely eroded. The MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) estimated that this erosion contributes 2 lbs of phosphorus to Lake Independence annually. Stopping the erosion and restoring the shoreline will substantially reduce the phosphorus load.

The erosion extends approximately 40 ft north and 120 ft south from the boat launch ramp.

The City is contracting with Hanthro Outdoor Services to do the restoration work. The total cost is expected to be approximately $29,000, to be paid for a grant from BWSR.

Board of Directors election results

Because our Board of Directors election, normally held at the Annual Meeting, could not be done in person this year, the election was held online using Survey Monkey. Here are the results:

 

Acting Board Members elected:

Angela McLaughlin

Craig Olson

Dan Kellander

 

New Board Members elected:

Randy Cole

Mac Smith

Mike Garwood

 

They join current Board members:

Pat Wulff

Tom Blank

Barb Zadah

Chris Dahlberg

Mike McLaughlin

Randy Szarzynski

Robin Reid

 

We now have all Board of Directors positions filled. Thanks to everyone who participated in the election survey.

 

Board of Directors meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Independence City Hall. All current LICA members are welcome to attend.

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LICA meets at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the Independence City Hall and concerned citizens are always welcome!

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