News and Views from around Lake Hubert


Web Site Updated December 10, 2018
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Posted December 10

Time for a cup of coffee while overlooking beautiful Lake Hubert at sunrise.

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.

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 27
Don't Let Your Septic Line Freeze This Winter
If you leave your house water on in the winter or if you turn it on when you visit for a day or two, you need to protect the septic (sewer) line that runs from the house to the septic tank. Starting where the line exits the house, right by the foundation, you need to insulate the ground to prevent the cold from reaching the line. There are insulative blankets you can buy at hardware outlets. You can also rake leaves and pine needles into a long pile over the septic line and then cover the pile with plastic and weight it down.

The easiest way to cause a frozen septic line is to have a leaking toilet or faucet. The slow flow of water can easily freeze and clog the line.

If your septic line does freeze, you'll probably have to call a company such as Fyles in Nisswa to come out and steam it open.

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 October 6
The old eyesore that was the long vacant Sportland Restaurant and ICO gas station at the corner of highway 371 and County Road 13 is gone. We hear that construction will begin soon on a new building for American National Bank and Stonehouse Coffee.

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 September 9
Great News!
The old Sportland Cafe / ICO gas station at the corner of highway 371 and County Road 13 is being demolished and will soon replaced by a new American National Bank and Stonehouse Coffee. You can read the Brainerd Dispatch article here.
(If you reach a page that says, "This content can’t be shown in a frame" click on the line that says "Open this in a new window")

Posted September 1
The Last Three-Day Holiday of the Summer
Labor Day and September have arrived and we've already had a day or two with a chill in the air. Nothing severe you understand, just a subtle reminder of what's to come. For those of you who are closing the cabin for the winter, remember that you can donate non-perishable foods like canned goods and dry foods to the local food shelves that feed those in need. You can drop these off at local churches or at Schaefer's grocery store.

If you leave your water on for all or part of the winter, this is a good time to insulate your septic lines so they don't freeze. The drain line between the house and septic tank is the most vulnerable. Check out our Frozen Septic System page to learn about steps you can take. If your septic lines do freeze, you can hire one of the local septic pumping companies such as Fyles to steam the line open for you. Of course prevention is best.

Ole and Lena joke - Click Here

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 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.

Here's the list of dedicated volunteers who make up
the LHCA Board of Directors for 2018-19

Dennis Tack -  President
Carol Weber - Secretary
Dave Ostlund - Treasurer
Pat Eldred - Communications
Paul Lund - Water Quality/Fisheries
Liz Martin - Social
MJ Cote - Camp Representative
Janet Webster – At Large
 Mary Geoman – At Large
* Gary Eidson - legal counsel
* Chuck Corchran - website

*non - board position

Thanks to each of them for their hard work on the Lake's behalf.

These carp were spotted in the Hubert/Clark channel on April 21st. They were swimming from Clark toward Hubert but the water was flowing from Hubert to Clark. At least there's finally some liquid water, unlike the solid ice of last week. And on the subject of ice, we learned this week that there are still THIRTY INCHES of ice on Lake Hubert. Care to guess how long all that ice will take to melt?

Posted March 18

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.

Posted December 31
It's time for our annual
"What's fun to do when the temperature is way below zero"

With wind chill temperatures between 25 below zero and 50 below zero, it's a great time to bundle up and step outside for just a few minutes. Our two favorite activities are fun for kids and adults alike.
Go out into an area where there is light from a spotlight, deck light or car headlights.

1.  You can use kid's "Bubble Stuff" that make bubbles shatter like glass. CLICK HERE to learn how.

2.  Take an insulated coffee cup full of boiling water out side and throw the water into the air. It will instantly turn into a cloud and not a drop will hit the ground. CLICK HERE to see photos of Lake Hubert resident Scott Hough demonstrating this in 2010

Posted December 26
It's Like An Old Time Winter
As this is being written at 9 AM on December 26, the temperature at Lake Hubert is 17 below zero and the wind chill is 32 below. As you might expect, the ice on the lake is now well formed and hardy souls can be seen out there at times. Also as you might expect, thoughts of skinny dipping are being discouraged.


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 29

It's been a
BIG Transition Week at Lake Hubert
We had gorgeous fall leaves that are all gone now, and a great sunset and then snow, all in three days.
We have three photos that tell the story. Click Here to see them.

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 Now 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.

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 March 26

The lake water level is quite high this spring and the ice has caused some substantial shoreline damage. The photo below shows the damage on a shoreline on the Northeast side of the lake. Did you move your docks and lifts far enough from the water's edge?

This kind of damage is caused not by wind moving the ice but by "ice jacking". Ice jacking occurs when the ice on a lake cracks and the crack is then filled with liquid water from below. When this water freezes and expands, it forces the ice sheet to move just a bit. When this cracking and filling occurs many times, which often happens, the ice sheet can be moved many feet and it moves with amazing force.

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 YOUhave 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 December 10
Winter Arrived Earlier Than Last Year
In 2015 the lake didn't freeze over until December 18 but this year it froze on the 9th. However it is VERY UNSAFE, even for a person walking so do NOT try to go out on the ice for a week or so. The below zero night time temperatures predicted for the coming week should make the ice thicker and safer unless a new blanket of snow insulates it.

There were high winds from the Southwest when the lake froze this year, making the Northern shoreline freeze solid from the spray. It's interesting to see but not fun to watch the ice form unless you're inside a toasty house.

Speaking of a warm house, make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector plugged in at your house. It could save your life! (See the article above)

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 procuces the damaging ice movement.

Posted May 3
Thank You
to everyone who has put a dark colored canopy on their boat lift. When viewed from across the lake, the dark colors blend with the background which keeps the lake looking "up North". If you currently have a light colored canopy, when it needs to be replaced, please get a dark color.
Thank You
to all who have been careful not to operate their motors through the reeds. There were far fewer damaged reeds in evidence last year which is great for the lake.

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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Lakeshore 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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