News and Views from around Lake Hubert


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Posted April 12, 2021

The Lake Hubert Conservation Association has contracted to treat Curly Leaf Pondweed in Lake Hubert in 2021. An EPA approved endothall based herbicide will be used when lake temperatures are 50-60 degrees. Areas affected are in the NE corner of Lake Hubert and the SE corner of Sunset Bay. If you would like to opt out of treatment in front of your property, notify the LHCA immediately at

Curly Leaf Pondweed is an invasive water plant which, if left untreated, can become a problem in our lake. The photo below was not taken in Lake Hubert but it shows what can happen when Curly Leaf Pondweed is left unchecked. Obviously, the swimmer in the photo is not having a wonderful experience.

Posted April 6, 2021
The first photo below shows the ice remaining in sunset bay at the Southwest corner of Lake Hubert on the morning of April 5, 2021. The bay is often the area where winter ice remains the longest.

And the photo below shows the bay on the afternoon of the same day. The 75 degree day finished off the last ice.

Let the water fun begin!

CLICK HERE to see all of the Lake Hubert ice-out dates and notes for the last 58 years.

For those of you not yet at the lake, we should note that the water level is quite low. We're hoping that predicted rains will begin to change that.

Posted February 18
It's Time For That Four Letter Word Again
On Saturday morning, February 13th, it was a bitter 29 below zero at Lake Hubert. Later that weekend it was reported that the wind chill temperature was 55 below zero. As our Norwegian friend Ole would say, "Uff da!".

Posted January 16, 2021

Photo courtesy of Larry Lindman
Lake Hubert in 1924. This photo is of the young Hope Lindman on her parent's dock. The location is where the Northern part of Camp Lincoln is now. Note how much sand is showing. These were the "low water" years before the Clark Lake to Lake Hubert channel (near the Lake Hubert Depot) was constructed to allow water to flow into Hubert, thus eventually raising the water level to what we know today.

Posted October 6, 2020
You Should Make A Fall Visit To The Very First State Forest In Minnesota
It's closer than you think.

One hundred and twenty years ago, in 1900, Pillsbury State Forest was designated. It is located just west of Gull Lake in Cass County and among other wonderful things to see, it has some of the best fall color in our area. The photo below was taken in the Forest in 2014 and you can find great autumn color almost every year. To drive through Pillsbury State Forest, take county road 77 west from Schaefer's corner, around the west side of Gull Lake to either Beauty Lake Road or Pillsbury Forest Road. Turn right and just follow the road for often spectacular sights.

Photo by Chuck Corchran

Posted September 6, 2020

This lovely gift was left on the dock for us this morning. We're guessing that the remains of this approximately
three pound bass were left by the local bald eagle, osprey, golden eagle or otter.
Our best guess is the North American River Otter.
Here's a link to the DNR's River Otter page.

Posted August 30, 2020

Summer Is Coming To An End
The hummingbirds had been at the feeders and catching insects seemingly constantly throughout the daylight hours recently. They usually do this from September 1st through the 13th or 14th and then begin their long flight south for the winter. Some fly thousands of miles to the South American rain forests where they spend the winter. Others "only" fly as far as the U.S. gulf coast, a mere 1,200 miles or so. In an average year they will return to Lake Hubert about May 5th with the males returning first and the females following about a week later.

Posted August 9, 2020
Here are the Lake Hubert Conservation Association volunteer officers and board members for 2020-2021. These people put in lots of unpaid hours to keep our lake a wonderful place to live and play. When you see one of these neighbors, consider giving them your thanks.

Janet Webster - President
Liz Martin – Vice President and Women’s Club Representative
Dave Ostlund - Treasurer
Jane Laco – Secretary and Loons/Water Fowl
Pat Eldred – Information and Communication
Pia Lischke –Membership
Duane Kell - Water Quality
Mary Goeman –Fisheries and Boat/Water Safety
Carol Weber –Shoreline
Jim Sheldon – Depot Garden
MJ Cote - Camp Representative

* Gary Eidson - Legal Oversight
* Chuck Corchran - Webmaster
* Harold Stewart - Director Emeritus
*non - board position

Ole and Lena joke - Click Here

Posted July 24, 2020
Lots of Rain At Lake Hubert
Overnight on Friday/Saturday July 17/18, over three inches of rain fell, along with lots of lightning and thunder but not a lot of wind. The rain was very welcome as it had been extremely dry for a long time. Our lake level rose quite a bit but more rain is needed to bring the level back up to normal.

Posted July 5, 2020

Photo by John Holbrook taken on July 3

I think you, like me, are pretty sure upon looking at the thunder cloud over Lake Hubert that it is going to rain on our lake. No such luck. This cloud, like a number of others recently, missed us completely.

Posted July 5, 2020

The 4th of July parade on Lake Hubert was a great success, with LOTS of decorated boats and lots of cheering folks on docks waving hands and flags. Thank you everyone!

Posted June 27, 2020
It's Been Very Dry At The Lake
Although there has been some rain in the past week and a half, our lake level is still down almost a foot since the ice went out on April 19th. There are reports of people having trouble getting their boats off of lifts and the woods have been awfully dry. As of today, June 27th, the DNR reports that in our county the fire danger is "High-fires start easily and spread at a fast rate" so be VERY careful, especially with charcoal grills and campfires. Burning permits are required for any other type of fire, including burning of brush or leaves.

Posted June 14, 2020
2020 Dues

If you have paid your 2020 Lake Hubert Conservation Association dues, THANK YOU! If not, please pay your dues now. Dues are $95 for a regular membership and $50 for each associate member who is a family member of a paid regular member. Paid associate members receive the LHCA newsletters as well as notices and invitations to association functions. You are also encouraged to donate additional funds to the association. You may designate additional donations for general use, public access boat inspections, historic depot maintenance and other association needs.


Donations are tax deductible because the Lake Hubert Conservation Association is a 501c3 non-profit charity. Send payments to
LHCA, P.O. Box 1352, Lake Hubert, MN 56459
and thank you for supporting your lake association.

Posted June 7, 2020
Electric Shock Drowning
It can occur right by your dock
If you have electric lines anywhere on or near your dock you need to read this article. Children, adults and animals can be drowned because of hidden current leakage.


In addition to the precautions listed in the article, make sure that any 110 Volt electrical line on or near your dock is protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). If there is leakage of the electricity into the water, the GFCI will shut off the power. Any licensed electrician can tell you if your electrical line is protected by a GFCI and can install a GFCI for you if not.

Posted May 10, 2020
It's Hummingbird Time!
This is the time of year that the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds return to Lake Hubert so put your feeders out. Our page explaining how to make your own hummingbird food is HERE. It's easy and almost free.

Posted May 3, 2020 (updated May 5)
Latest DNR Fish Survey
The results of the DNR Lake Hubert fish survey done on August 12, 2019 are now online.
You can find them here. 
Or, if that doesn't work for you, copy the link below and paste it into your browser.

You can also compare the results with previous years by clicking in the Choose a survey box at the upper right of the DNR page.
Note: One of the columns in the report is headed CPUE. According to Mike Knapp, Assistant Area Fisheries Supervisor at the DNR,

CPUE stands for Catch Per Unit of Effort. It’s a way of quantifying the abundance of a fish species. The CPUE for a given species can be
compared from year to year to infer whether the abundance of that species is rising, falling or static.

Posted April 19, 2020
Overnight on Saturday, April 18/Sunday April 19, 2020 the ice went out of Lake Hubert. That's five days earlier than in 2019. Since the last bits of ice went away at night, we're calling it as Sunday the 19th.
CLICK HERE to see the list of ice out dates since 1963.
We should note that the water temperature on the North side of our lake is a balmy 41 degrees F. Anyone for a dip?
Thanks to our lake ice watchers for keeping us up to date on ice-out conditions: John Holbrook, Jay Hake and Larry Lindman.

Posted April 12, 2020
Now It's Time to Start Guessing.
When Will The Ice Go Out of Lake Hubert?
There's quite a bit of ice free water around the edges of the lake, especially on the Northern shore where the Spring sun is strong. Some kids and dogs we know have already been swimming and kayakers have been spotted. In 2019 the ice was completely gone on April 24th and in 2018 it went out on May 4th.
CLICK HERE to see all of the "Ice Out" dates since 1963.

Posted April 1, 2020
More Internet Humor

If I get quarantined for two weeks with my wife and I die,
I can assure you that it will not be the virus that killed me.


Day 9 without sports. Found a lady sitting on my couch yesterday.
 Apparently she is my wife. She seems nice.


They said that a mask and gloves were enough to go to the supermarket.
 They lied. Everyone else has clothes on.

Posted March 23, 2020
Some Humor to Lighten Your Mood
Since so many of us are staying in our homes due to the covid-19 virus pandemic, some light humor might be something we all need. These are from the internet.
What if they close the grocery stores?
We'll have to hunt for our food.
I don't even know where Doritos live.

It's downright crazy.
Now it's easier to buy weed than toilet paper.

Is noon the correct time to change
from night pajamas to day pajamas?

Posted February 27, 2020
Almost Two Thirds of the Lake Hubert Snow Depth has Gone Away
Although there have been some cold snaps, this winter's average temperature has been above normal so the hefty snow depth we had in January has been dwindling week after week. It's not gone yet but without new snow, it will probably be gone in a few weeks.

Posted December 11, 2019
Now THAT'S more like real winter at Lake Hubert
Early this morning, Wednesday December 11th, the temperature went down to 18 below zero. The ice may now be safe to walk on but it's still very early in the season so use caution.

Posted November 11
Too Early To Be This Cold!
The prediction is for a not-so-balmy one above zero tonight which is WAY below normal for November 11. This will certainly produce some permanent ice on our lake but it won't be thick enough to be safe so BE CAREFUL!

Posted September 8, 2019

What Wildlife Eats Acorns?
The Northern Pin Oak acorn pictured above was taken from under an oak tree at Lake Hubert. The bumper crop this year will feed more wildlife than you might imagine. Just some of the acorn eaters are, bears, deer, squirrels both gray and red, chipmunks, wild turkeys, crows, flying squirrels, rabbits, opossums, blue jays, raccoons and wood ducks. Over one hundred animals are known to eat acorns and in a good acorn crop year like this one, a deer's diet may be up to 75% acorns. A big acorn crop may allow deer to produce more twins due to the better nutrition of the doe. That's good news for the deer but possibly bad news for your garden.
Posted August 24
Closing The Cabin For The Winter?
Rather than hauling freezable canned goods back to the cities, consider donating them to those in need. Many hungry individuals and families need help to get through the harsh winter up here. There are many places that will gladly accept non-perishable foods, including:
--- Local grocery stores including Schaefer's and Cub have donation bins.
--- Churches accept donated foods.
--- The Lakes Area Food Shelf in Pequot Lakes, 29316 Patriot Ave.,
accepts donations. Call to make sure they're open when you want to donate,
 (218) 568-8474.

Thank you!

Posted August 18, 2019
Bears   Bears   Bears!
The bear population around Lake Hubert this summer seems higher than in recent years. Quite a few residents have seen black bears raiding bird feeders for seed and one family even had a bear on their deck, only a couple of feet from their glass door. Banging on a metal pot with a big spoon seems to scare them away but some bears seem unafraid of humans. The common wisdom is that if you encounter a bear in your yard or out in the woods, DO NOT RUN. Running could trigger the bear chase after you and bears, despite their lumbering appearance, can run MUCH faster than people. There are reports of them running 37 miles per hour and even out running a race horse for a short distance. If you don't want bears around your house, remove your bird feeders until after winter has set in and the bears are hibernating.

Posted August 3, 2019
Useful Hints For Many Situations
Do you know how to treat water itch or poison ivy rash? How about the really effective way to remove skunk odor from a pet or yourself or how to remove a tick without tweezers?W

For those answers and many more, check out our page of Helpful Hints For Those Who Live At The Lake

Posted July 22, 2019
Great Lake Hubert Loon Photos by Greg Laco
Greg did a great job of taking these photos without having to get close enough to the loons to bother them or their babies. He shot the photos from his pontoon boat and used his Canon EOS 5D with a telephoto lens. You should never get close to Loons or their babies. It's illegal to get close enough to bother them and as Greg's photos prove, it's not necessary in order to get great pictures. Well done Greg!



Posted April 13, 2018
Well Dang!
The snow was all gone and it was nice to see the grass again even though it was still mostly brown. Then wham! A foot of new snow with high winds making drifts.
The lake ice is not yet gone and the new snow blanket will likely delay the ice-out date a bit.
One thing is quite certain. The lake water level will be high this spring.

Posted March 30, 2018
NOT an April Fools Joke, (we hope)
We've actually had some spring-like high temperatures in the past week and it feels wonderful!
There are narrow patches of liquid water against the shores of Lake Hubert and much of the snow on the ground is gone.
In 2018 the ice went out of our lake on May 4th but in 2017 it went away almost a month earlier, on April 6th. You can see our complete list of historic ice-out dates HERE.

And one not so nice sign of spring: The first ticks have been seen. They can be active at 40 degrees F so protect your pets and check yourself when you've been outdoors.

Posted March 24, 2018

Look who's back!
The first robins have arrived at Lake Hubert and they're VERY welcome after the horrendous winter we've had.

Posted March 17, 2018
St. Patrick's Day has brought actual above freezing high temperatures and these warm highs are predicted every day for the next two weeks. AT LAST!
The night time temps will still be below freezing but the warmer days are making the deep snow slowly disappear. With official spring beginning this week, there is hope.
Posted March 9, 2018
As This Is Being Written, On Saturday, March 9, 2018
It's Above Freezing At Lake Hubert
For The First Time in Sixty Days!
It's 36 degrees above zero at noon. That's the GOOD news. The not so good news is that the "warm" air has been brought to us courtesy of an impending snow storm that will arrive within the next few hours, bringing 6 to 9 inches of new snow. There are more above freezing temperatures in the coming week's forecast so the long, long winter may be finally loosening its grip.

Posted February 24
It seems like we keep harping about the cold and snowy weather this year.
And we do.
We've just checked the weather records for Lake Hubert (well, actually for Brainerd since that's the nearest weather station) and here's the chilly record. As of today, February 24, we have not seen a high temperature of 32F or above for forty-seven days. The coldest temperature during that time was 43 degrees below zero on January 31st. The forecast doesn't show any relief for many days into the future. The good news, if you think of it as good, is that spring is "only" 25 days away.
Hunker down and put another log on the fire.

Posted February 18
The winter weather goes on...and on.
It's been over a month since we had a temperature above the freezing point and the deep snow cover is helping to keep both the nights and the days cold. The weather forecasters say that the high temperatures will not go above freezing for at least the next two weeks so prepare to pay quite a bit for your heating bill.

Hang in there. Our guess is that the weather will suddenly turn much warmer three or four weeks from now but just when is anybody's guess.

Posted February 10
Well, it did warm up this week, sort of.
Instead of the 40 below temp last week, the lowest low this week was a balmy 22 below zero.
If you've ever wondered how thick the ice on our lake gets when the temperatures get so cold, we have a picture that can give you an idea. Of course a thick blanket of snow will insulate the ice surface so the ice will be thickest if the air is very cold and there is no snow cover. This year we have quite a bit of snow so the ice will not be quite as thick as it could be.

The chunk of Lake Hubert ice in this photo was removed from the lake by a spear fisherman in 2009. We estimate it to be at least two feet from top to bottom, maybe more.

Posted February 2
40 Below Zero At Lake Hubert!
Yes, it's been a very cold week at the lake. It was 43 below on Thursday morning, January 31 and the day before on Wednesday morning the wind was blowing and the wind chill was 55 below zero. As noted in our January 26 post below, it's been a long time since that kind of low temperature happened here.

Posted January 26
Hmmmm. 30 degrees below zero.
That's predicted for this coming week. Actual temperature, not wind chill. That's not like the minus 40's that were seen every winter way back in the 1950's and 1960's but it's still mighty cold. Add some wind and the cold is dangerous. Be careful out there.

Posted January 13
"Real" Winter Weather Predicted
For Lake Hubert
It's been warmer than normal so far in January but double digit below zero temperatures are predicted for this week. Nothing like 25 or 30 below is predicted but nippy none-the-less. Bundle up!

Posted December December 28
Lots of Snow at Lake Hubert
Lake Hubert received over 13 inches of snow during the storm of December 27-28.
That white blanket will help insulate septic lines from the below zero temperatures predicted for the coming week.

Posted December 10

Time for a cup of coffee while overlooking beautiful Lake Hubert at sunrise.
Photo by John Holbrook

Posted December 1

It's time to start skating on Lake Hubert. Bundle up and let the fun begin!

Posted November 24

A beautiful sunrise over Lake Hubert on November 21st.
Photo by Lisa Corchran Hake

Posted October 6
County Road 13 to be rebuilt

Crow Wing County is beginning the process of reconstructing County Road 13 from County Road 137 to Highway 371. There are new surveyor's stakes along CR 13 that have to do with this project. Among other improvements, six foot wide paved shoulders will be added and drainage will be enhanced. We're guessing that you should expect substantial travel disruptions during construction.
CLICK HERE to see the highway department's letter describing this project.

Posted October 21

Do you know all of the different species of fish in Lake Hubert?
Have you ever heard of the banded killifish or the Johnny darter?

According to the DNR, the following fish are in our lake.
Black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, white sucker, banded killifish, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, common shiner, Johnny darter, spottail shiner

CLICK HERE to see the detailed results of DNR fish counts in our lake (not including the minnows).

Posted October 14

We've had our first light snow and now the Thanksgiving turkeys are strutting around Lake Hubert. Winter must be coming.

Posted September 30
First Frost
The first frost of the season occurred at Lake Hubert on Friday, September 28. It was only 30 degrees which isn't a "killing" frost (27 degrees is considered killing) but it's certainly a harbinger of things to come.

Posted September 23

Free Kindling
Forget crumpled newspaper and high priced "fatwood" kindling. There's excellent free kindling for your fireplace or wood stove. It's lying on the ground beneath White Pine trees and it is one of the best fire starters available anywhere. The cones of the White Pine are often large, up to eight inches long, and are coated with sticky, white, flammable resin.

When dry like the one in the photo above, the cones spread open, making them perfect for fire starting. When wet they close up but open again when they dry out. You can easily collect bushels of the cones after big winds, especially in autumn.

Hint: If your hands get sticky from the resin, rub them with some peanut butter and then wash it off with soap and water. Surprising, but it works great.

Posted July 15
Did You Know About This?
If you buy items from Amazon you can have 0.5% (half of one percent) of your purchase price donated to the Lake Hubert Conservation Association and it won't cost you anything extra.

Here's how:
Instead of typing AMAZON.COM into your browser, or clicking on an Amazon Icon you have, type SMILE.AMAZON.COM When you get to the Amazon Smile page, just type Lake Hubert Conservation Association in the box for charity name and follow the directions after the Association name comes up. From then on, whenever you go to Smile.Amazon.Com and make your purchase as usual, the Lake Hubert Conservation Association will receive the 0.5% donation. Note: You musty use the Smile.Amazon.Com address or there will be no donation made.

Posted March 18, 2018

DNR Announces New Northern Pike Regulations for
North central Minnesota (including Lake Hubert)
When new regulations take effect in spring 2018, the majority of the state will be in the north-central zone, where the issue is overpopulation of small pike. The objectives are to allow more harvest of abundant small pike and shift population size structure to more medium-sized pike.

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.

This means that you can keep ten northern pike up to 21 inches (assuming you're not keeping any over 26 inches).

When we can keep all these northerns, how can we filet the fish to remove those pesky Y-bones?
CLICK HERE to see a good YouTube video showing exactly how to do it.

Posted February 25
An Easy Way To Know If Your Freezer Thawed
When You Were Away
You've been away from your home for a few days or weeks. When you return, how do you know that the food in your freezer hasn't thawed and needs to be thrown out? If it did thaw, it probably refroze so how can you know if it's safe to eat?

Put a plastic cup or tumbler full of water into the freezer and wait for the water to freeze solid. Then put a penny on top of the ice. If you return from a time away and find the penny at the bottom of the container you'll know that the ice has melted and your food thawed too so it's not safe to eat. Simple but effective.

Posted February 19
Be Prepared for the Next Power Outage
Check out some hints you may not have considered.
Click Here

Posted February 4
Prevent Septic System Problems
Do you know what NOT to put down your drains in order to keep your septic system operating properly?

The two worst things to put down your drains are kitchen oil and grease. These common kitchen items are very difficult, or even impossible, for septic systems to break down and thus can cause system failure.

The solution is easy. Keep a container such as a soup can in your refrigerator or freezer and when you have bacon grease or used cooking oil, put it into the container and when it gets full, throw it away in the trash. To prevent odors in your fridge, just enclose the can in a zip-lock bag.

Posted January 26

Loon Sound Deprivation
The lake is frozen solid, the snow is blowing and we long for the sounds of loons on warm summer nights.

We've found a website with loon sounds and the meaning of each sound. You can get your longings satisfied a bit at an excellent loon website

Lake Hubert is blessed with an abundance of resident loons in the summer, probably due to our very clear lake water and the abundance of fish. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources loon page has some interesting loon facts. For example, did you know that loons can dive to a depth of 250 feet and that their bones, unlike other birds, are solid, not hollow?

Posted January 14

Curling was one the activities ladies did on the ice many years ago.
We don't think they went out when the wind chill was minus 40 degrees like it's been at Lake Hubert recently.


Please remember that donations to the Lake Hubert Conservation Association are always warmly welcomed and appreciated . Such contributions are fully tax deductible as the LHCA is a “501c3”  tax exempt organization. Please examine other parts of the web site to see all of the good things your organization does on your behalf. The LHCA thanks you for your continuing support.

Send your tax deductible donations to:
P.O. Box 1352
Lake Hubert, MN 56459

Posted October 1
Don't leave dangerous prescription drugs in your house.
Do you know where you can safely dispose of potentially dangerous prescription drugs?
Not down the drain where they can get into the groundwater. Not in the garbage where they might be found and misused.
The safe place to dispose of dangerous prescription drugs is at the "Take It To The Box" disposal site. The one near Lake Hubert is in the Nisswa City Hall building, at

5442 City Hall St., Nisswa
HOURS: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

You don't need to interact with anyone in the building. Just walk in and deposit your prescription drugs in the steel security box just a few steps inside the main door. It's easy and quick and your action could save someone from a major problem.

Thank you.

Posted June 17
Lake Hubert Posters Available

The Sun County Airlines 16 X 20 inch Lake Hubert poster is now available for purchase online from Numeric Press. The price is $35.00.
CLICK HERE to go to the Numeric Press poster order page.
Thanks to Fred Jarl for finding this information.
Please note: The Lake Hubert Conservation Association has no affiliation with Numeric Press.

Posted June 4
Never Leave Your Boat Key In The Boat

A few years ago several Lake Hubert residents learned this lesson the hard way. During the night, their boats were stolen from their lifts and docks, driven out to the middle of the lake and completely trashed. Where no keys were left, the boats were not taken.

Posted February 19
Here's One of Our Favorite Photos From Winters Past

Posted January 7
29 below zero was cold but far from the record.
On Friday morning January 6th it was 29 below zero at Lake Hubert. The record low for that date is 32 below. Only twenty years ago, on February 2, 1996, it was a tree shattering 54 below zero, an all-time record low. The previous morning it had been only two degrees "warmer" at 52 below zero. Large tree trunks actually exploded when their moisture froze and expanded. Smaller trees, like a three inch diameter maple in your web gnome's yard, were killed down to the two foot line below which snow insulated it.

It should be noted that last winter, 2015-2016, the coldest recorded temperature on the North side of Lake Hubert was 23 below zero making the warmest winter in memory.

A Safety Reminder
Do YOU have carbon monoxide detectors in your cabin? These people didn't.

No, it wasn't on Lake Hubert but it could have been. This happened near Longville according to a Brainerd Dispatch article.
 CO detectors/alarms are inexpensive, easy to plug in or operate by battery and could save your life. They're available everywhere including Carlson Hardware in Nisswa, Target, Fleet Farm, Wal Mart, Home Depot, Menards and online at many places including

Don't wait! Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector/Alarm and install it TODAY.

And while you're at it, install some smoke detectors if you don't already have them.
The lives you save could be your kids or grandkids.

Posted October 24
The weekend of October 22 and 23 was calm and spectacular at Lake Hubert. The photo above was taken just before sunrise on Sunday the 23rd from one of the dwindling number of docks still in the water. Lovely.

Posted October 16, 2016
Zebra Mussels found in Lake Hubert


This bad news broke this week after the very invasive alien species was found on the East side of Lake Hubert. This invasive mussel originally came from Southern Russia and has now spread widely thoughout the world, causing serious problems. PLEASE check your water items such as docks, lifts, platforms for Zebra Mussels when you take the items out of the lake. It can be difficult to spot the tiny invaders but if you do, contact the DNR immediately to report your findings. The DNR main phone number in Brainerd is 218-203-4300, then press option 6.

For more information Click Here to go to the Minnesota DNR Zebra Mussel page

Posted October 4
Have You Put Your Docks And Lifts Out Of Danger?
Our lake level is a foot higher than last year which means that the ice will likely move much further up the shore during the coming winter and spring. Ice can move far up the shore driven by winds and by ice jacking which occurs when a crack in the ice fills with water which then freezes and expands. You need to move your docks and lifts WAY up from the water this year to prevent damage.

Here are a few photos of past ice movement.



Posted September 4
A Great Piece of Writing
Closing The Cabin
Click here to read about the bittersweet time of the year for many of us. Be warned, this could bring a tear to your eye.

Posted July 17
Got Weeds Along Your Lake Shore?
Actually, plants along your shoreline are usually desirable because they act as a barrier to runoff from the land. That said, there are some plants that are not desirable along the shore. Poison ivy and Canada thistle come to mind. But therein lies a problem. Commercial weed killers should never be used near the water because they are extremely toxic to fish and other aquatic life. So how is one to safely kill bad weeds near the water?

The answer is regular household white vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish soap. All household vinegar contains a 5% solution of acetic acid and it is this non-toxic (except to plants) acid that kills plants. It does this by causing the plant to lose its water, thus drying it out. This happens very quickly, especially if it's a sunny day so you can expect the plant to wilt within hours.

One word of caution: Vinegar will kill any plant it touches so be very careful.

The vinegar should be used straight out of the bottle, not diluted with water. Pour the vinegar into a sprayer such as a small household sprayer or a small garden pump sprayer. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap and shake to mix. The drops of dish soap cause the vinegar to spread on waxy leaves, such as poison ivy, rather than beading and running off. If the weather is calm, spray the plants you want to kill. The plant will soon wither and any spray that gets into the water will not cause problems with frogs or fish.

A final word: If the plant you spray has a deep tap root, like a Canada thistle, it may re-sprout and you might have to spray again.

Posted June 19
at Lake Hubert
On Sunday evening, June 19, 2016 we had a whopper of a thunderstorm pass over Lake Hubert. More than one person has reported softball size hailstones and the pictures above show some as large as baseballs. There have been no reports of wind damage but you had better plan on having your roof inspected.

Posted January 10
Very Rare Winter Visitor Photographed at Lake Hubert
Larry Leonard reports: “I spotted this Great Grey this afternoon at 3:45 PM on County Road 13, 3.4 miles east of Sportland Corners/Schaefers Foods on Hwy 371 Nisswa. It dropped down and grabbed a juicy vole for its supper.”

The Great Gray Owl is usually found from Alaska to forested areas of Southern Canada and almost never near Lake Hubert. It is a huge owl with a length as much as 33 inches and a wingspan up to 5 feet.

Click on the photo below to see three large photos.

Click Here to go to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Great Gray Owl page

Posted December 6
Have You Ever Wondered
why the world seems so silent when there is fresh snow?

Fresh snow on the ground absorbs sound because of the air trapped between snowflakes. When heavy snow is falling through the air, the sound absorbing effect is enhanced further. Once snow on the ground has settled into a more compact layer, sounds can reflect off of the surface and the silence is broken.

Posted November 15
We're Betting You Didn't Know This
Deer ticks can be active at forty degrees.
Temperatures have been way above normal this fall and even though it's November, when the weather usually turns chilly, Blacklegged Ticks, (Deer Ticks) can be out and about. These nasty, disease carrying ticks can be active even when the temperature drops to forty degrees. So sorry folks, you still need to spray your shoes and cuffs with insect repellent when you're walking across your lawn or in the woods. It's worth the trouble not to contract Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, or Powassan disease.

Adult deer tick on a thumbnail.

The war started with early skirmishes that included voles chewing through our screens to start colonies in our new basement and garter snakes trying to challenge our new egress window. It also included bats who found openings in our chimney that had to be eventually sealed by a very old, chain smoking geezer who fixed our problem but then wheezed, “This job comes with a lifetime guarantee.” Yeah, right.

CLICK HERE to read the whole story of Critter Wars at a home on Lake Hubert.

Posted August 23

Meet a New Neighbor

We had a visitor this week, just a few feet outside our window. This hawk is between 20 and 24 inches long and after much exploring of bird books it was determined to be an immature goshawk. It stayed for quite a few minutes and then flew away, seemingly effortlessly.

Posted August 16
What The Birds are Telling Us
This time of year, the first birds are beginning to migrate south for the winter. We've all seen skeins of geese and ducks in the fall but other birds come through our area even earlier. One of the first birds to move through is the Goldfinch. Although some Goldfinches stay around all summer, most go farther North and return in August. The first of these were seen at our feeders this week.

American Goldfinch

Soon, our wonderful flying acrobats, the hummingbirds, will disappear from our feeders, the osprey will be gone from our skies and thousands of little warblers will pass through.

Watch for these harbingers of autumn as the first leaves change color and thoughts of winter begin to creep into the far corners of our minds.

Posted July 19, 2015
The Worst Windstorm
At Lake Hubert
In Over A Century!
From the recollections of this writer's 68 summers at Lake Hubert and of stories told by my parents and grandparents at Lake Hubert as far back as the late 1800s, there has never before been such widespread windstorm devastation as occurred during the storm that struck at 7:40 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Huge old trees were snapped off fifteen to twenty-five feet above the ground on all sides of the lake but the North side of the lake had less damage than the South side. Power was not restored on the South side of Lake Hubert until late Thursday, four days after the storm, and until Friday at many residences along East Lake Hubert Drive and Camp Lincoln Road.

Some people's driveways were so clogged with large downed trees that they couldn't get out for days. The sound of chain saws became the most common sounds heard for most of the week. The cleanup will continue for a very long time.

Here are some photos taken of the damage. These do NOT show the worst damage because it was too difficult to get to the worst hit areas until many of the downed trees were cut up.

Click on a photo to see a larger version.


Posted July 13, 2015
On the evening of July 12, a severe storm hit Lake Hubert with winds up to 80 MPH. There are LOTS of big trees down, probably hundreds. Over night Camp Lincoln Road was closed by fallen trees (still is at 10 AM on the 13th). Also closed were East Lake Hubert Drive, Nashway Road and other nearby roads. Highway 371 is down to one lane each direction at Hole In The Day Lake due to downed power lines. The grandstand at BIR was crumpled and mostly demolished. The Girl's Camp on Hubert is without power and trees block all access. To make matters worse, today (Monday July 13) is the day that hundreds of campers arrive for the second session.

If you're not at the lake, we recommend you have your property checked as soon as possible.

Entrance road to Camp Lake Hubert on July 13.

When are you most likely to be struck by lightning?
When you're Fishing or Golfing or Boating?
A recent study by the National Weather Service has some surprises.
"From 2006 through 2012, 238 people were struck and killed by lightning in the United States. Almost two thirds of the deaths occurred to people who had been enjoying outdoor leisure activities. The common belief that golfers are responsible for the greatest number of lightning deaths was shown to be a myth. During this 7-year period fishermen accounted for more than three times as many fatalities as golfers, while camping and boating each accounted for almost twice as many deaths as golf."

If you can hear thunder when you're on the lake you can be struck by lightning, even if you're not under the storm cloud. Lightning can travel more than ten miles away from the thunderstorm cloud. You can even be struck by lightning if the sun is shining on you so if you're out boating or fishing and you hear thunder, get off the lake immediately!

Click Here to see the complete government study.

Posted June 7

Ann and David on Lake Hubert in 2008
Have You Wondered
how lake ice can move so far up the shore, damage stored docks and lifts and push up large mounds of sand and rock?
It's usually not the wind.
Here's an excellent article that explains the process that produces the damaging ice movement.
Posted April 19

Bald Eagles IN Lake Hubert

This wonderful photo and note were sent to us by Lake Hubert residents Fred and Mary Jarl.

Early Easter Sunday evening we saw these two bald eagles laying on the ice on Lake Hubert about 250 feet out from our home.  They probably had been fighting in mid-air, locked talons and crashed to the ice.  Crows came in close for a look, but were chased away by other eagles.  We contacted the DNR to report what we were witnessing.

After about 1-1/2 hours the two eagles started flopping around and got untangled.  One eagle flew away immediately.  The other one tried to take off, but broke through the ice several times. Eventually, it too was able to fly away.

Check out the history and learn about the Lake Hubert Ice Road
Click Here to see the photos and read all about it.

Posted December 7
"Silently, like thoughts that come and go,
the snowflakes fall. Each one a gem."
William Hamilton Gibson

Click Here to see our snowflake photo page.

Posted February 9
When Was The Original Town Name
"Hubert" Changed to "Lake Hubert"?
From the Crosby newspaper
More than eighty four years ago.

Thursday, February 7, 1929
"Henceforth Hubert will be known to the world as Lake Hubert. The new name has already been placed into effect by the U. S. Postal Department. Lake Hubert today stands out as a summer resort station, the terminal of many train journeyers to the lake country."

Thanks to Lake Hubert resident Larry Lindman for passing this article along.

Posted August 25
Have the deer eaten your garden plants again this year?
Did you know that the LHCA web site has a link to a list of plants that deer don't like?
That and many other helpful hint links can be found on our Helpful Hints Index Page.
Click Here to check it out.

Posted August 18

Do You Know This Bird?

The bird in the picture above does not make sounds and is seldom seen on Lake Hubert. It is the same loon we love to hear and see on our lake but this is its winter plumage. Note that the loon's red eye we see in summer is gone as are the beautiful black and white markings we recognize. In the winter, our loons travel to the east and south sea coasts of the U.S. and while there they do not call like they do on our lake. What an amazing transformation!

Posted July 22
We have LOTS of helpful hints that can help you while living at the lake.
Including How To:
- Treat poison ivy rash and stop its spread
- Remove skunk odor the way that really works
- Prevent or cure swimmer's itch
- Remove pine sap from skin or dog fur
- Remove ticks without tweezers
- Know when to watch for Northern Lights
- And lots more
To see the whole list click on "HELPFUL HINTS" in the list on the left of this page.

Timber Wolves
Living Not Far from Lake Hubert

A family of Timber Wolves, also called Gray Wolves, has been living not far from Lake Hubert for several years. Recently several members of this family were spotted on the Paul Bunyan Trail a few miles from Lake Hubert. They did not bother the people who saw them or the dogs that were being walked.

Wolves are NOT the scary "big, bad, wolves" of childhood fairy tales and rarely, if ever, are a threat to humans.

Although the wolves are very unlikely to bother people, we recommend that you never leave your dogs or cats outside alone and that you not leave their food outside either. A domestic dog, even a large one, or a cat can be easy prey for wolves.

For those of you who find deer eating your garden plants again and again, the presence of wolves can be a good thing. Wolves often feed on deer, helping to keep the deer herd size in check.

We also have families of coyotes living quite close to Lake Hubert so if you see an animal and want to know whether it's a wolf or a coyote, here's how to tell them apart.

If you see tracks, here's how to identify them.

If you see tracks in the snow, you can make a preliminary determination by seeing whether the tracks are in a straight line or if they meander. Wolves and coyotes usually walk in a straight line. Dogs meander.

Quite a few of us at Lake Hubert would love to see the wolves but will probably never get the opportunity. If you see them and get pictures, please send them to us at and we'll post them on this website.

To learn lots more about wolves, check out the Wild Bytes Blog written by the folks at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota.

Has your email address changed?

The LHCA fall newsletter will soon be under construction. The newsletter will contain valuable information about LHCA Board action, news items relating to Lake Hubert, nature and lake quality updates, and much, much more. However, it CANNOT be e-mailed unless we have accurate demographic information on you. Thus, if you have changed your e-mail address we need to know your updated information as soon as possible.

This valuable updated information can be sent to us at with the subject saying, "Address Change".

Please help us out on this matter so as we can serve you as best as we can.

 Thank you!

PostedAugust 22
You Can be Part of the Solution
Long ago it was okay to burn your garbage and trash in a barrel on your property. Not any longer because it pollutes the ground and the air and the water.
Long ago it was okay to wash your dishes in the lake. Not any longer because it pollutes the lake we love.
Long ago it was okay to wash your clothes in the lake. Not any longer because it pollutes the lake we love.
Long ago it was okay to bathe in the lake.Not any longer because bath "soap" pollutes the lake we love.

Do you still bathe in the lake? Please seriously consider washing yourself in your shower rather than in the lake but if you can’t bring yourself to forgo washing in the lake, PLEASE use biodegradable soap instead of the polluting “bath bars” (also known as detergent, which is why the labels don’t use the word “soap”).

Here are some links to sites where you can buy biodegradable soaps.
The Lake Hubert Conservation Association doesn’t endorse any of these sites or products but the soaps appear to be less harmful to the lake than other so called bath and beauty bars. Remember, it’s still best to bathe in your shower or tub rather than the lake. Two Pack of 2oz Campsuds Biodegradable Soap

REI-biodegradable soap at

If you see a neighbor bathing in the lake, point them to this article or buy them some biodegradable soap, or both. The lake will be better for it.

Thank you from the Lake Hubert Conservation Association!

Why do we insist that you not use lawn fertilizer with phosphorus in it?
It's illegal in Minnesota and here's why. There's already a lot of phosphorus in the ground in Minnesota so any you apply will just run off and just one pound of phosphorus in the lake will cause five hundred pounds of algae to grow.

DO NOT put used oil down a drain. DO NOT pour used oil onto the ground.
Recycle used oil.
You can now recycle used oil at the Nisswa recycling center, behind the Nisswa fire station.

Some Little Known "Facts" About Minnesota
 Minnesota became the 32nd state on May 11, 1858 and was originally settled by a lost tribe of Norwegians seeking refuge from the searing heat of Wisconsin's winters.
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     Where did Lake Hubert get its name?

The following is from a book found for sale at Crow Wing State Park.

"In 1855 the council of Crow Wing appointed a committee to locate a Territorial Road from Fort Ripley to a point on the Red River in Pembina County.............This route was mapped by E.A. Holmes and George H. Belden in 1855. Surveyor George Hubert Belden married Miss Elizabeth Peake at St. Columbia in 1858 and was the man for whom Hubert Lake is named."

from: Old Crow Wing, A History of a Village by Sister Bernard Coleman, Sister Verona LaBud and John Humphrey, originally published in 1967 and re-published in 2000 by Evergreen Press in Baxter.

Extend the life of your septic system.
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Lake Shore Lighting
Can Be Useful AND Neighbor Friendly
You can install lakeshore lighting that intrudes on neighbors and light pollutes the night OR you can do the job right.
Click here for an excellent Univ. of Wisconsin online booklet on shore lighting.

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