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.
Boats will assemble at 1:00, north of the Baker Park Boat Launch. Sign in at the judges pontoon, get a boat number, and line up for our parade around the lake!
Here are some of our past winners:
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:
New Board Members elected:
They join current Board members:
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.
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.
DNR approved new trigger level!
Slow/No Wake is no longer in effect, as long as level stays below the new trigger point.
Minnesota DNR notified the cities of Medina and Independence that they have completed their review of the revised slow-no wake trigger and approved the proposed ordinance.
Both cities need to officially update their ordinances in their next City Council meetings to the new level of 958.2, but LICA has confirmed that, in line with the new no wake trigger level, the current no-wake order is suspended.
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.
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
New date TBD - watch for announcement
SATURDAY, MAY 9th
2020-2021 Fishing Tournament begins
SATURDAY, JULY 4th
4th of July Boat Flotilla
Gather north of Baker Park Boat Launch
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
Baker Park Pavilion
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
Neighborhood Night Out