Big Wood Lake Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1988 for the purpose of conducting activities intended to protect, maintain and enhance the environmental an recreational values of Big Wood Lake and it’s surroundings.

As a member you support the following environmental activities:
  • Water quality sampling of the lake
  • Checking the boat ramps, river inlet and perimeter of the lake for invasive plants
  • Providing and maintaining of the marker buoys around the lake

As a member you receive:

  • The Association newsletter, Wood Chips, which is published every spring and fall.
  • The Big Wood Lake directory (updated every two years)
  • Invitations to the sale of flares and the flotilla parade on the 4th of July, the annual picnic in July, association meetings in the spring and fall at Luther Point (including free breakfast at the fall meeting) and Big Wood Lake clothing sales at events.
  • Eligibility to participate in the Flotilla & Boat Decorating Contest on July 4th (awarded at July picnic) and the Photo Contest (voted on and awarded at fall membership meeting)
Finally, membership also supports the association website updates and helped support the following improvements at the American Legion’s Thoreson Park:
  • Purchase of picnic tables
  • Upgrading of restrooms
  • Upgrading of boat ramp
  • Installment of flag pole and lighting

If you are a permanent or part-time lake area resident we encourage you to join the BWLA.

You can use the “Pay Now” button shown to join or renew your membership.

Friend of Big Wood Lake

Property owners, recreational lake users and lake area businesses are also encouraged to become a “Friend of Big Wood Lake”. Our “Friends” group began in 2006 to give members and recreational users the opportunity to donate more to the association (all donations being tax deductible because BWLA is a 501c3).  “Friends” get their names listed in the newsletter and all money goes to a dedicated fund to be used if or when the lake is faced with an environmental challenge such as an Eurasian Milfoil infestation. “Friends” are also invited to social events and encouraged to purchase clothing and flares.

2016 Friends of Big Wood Lake

  • Thomas Johnson
  • Donald Olson
  • Jill Graham
  • Michael J Knapp
  • Gary & Cris Peterson
  • Chester & Connie Scheer
  • Lisa Carver
  • Mathew Hegstrom
  • Scott Dvorak
  • John Anderson
  • David & Michael Muelken

2015 Friends of Big Wood Lake

  • Lisa Carver
  • Karin Stone
  • Family of Mona Anderson
  • Rich & Laura Gautsch
  • Steve Champlin
  • Matthew Hegstrom
  • Roy Bruns
  • Scott Dvorak
  • Donald Olson
  • Donald & Melinda Deye
  • Gary & Cris Peterson
  • Tom & Margaret Johnson
  • Jon Giswold
  • Michael Knapp
  • Chester & Connie Sheer
  • John Anderson in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Sarah Emmel in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Barbara Meyer in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Dan Ewing in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Michael Susa in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Kirsten Dawson in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • James Mason in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Rick Van Buren in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Patrick Hansen in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Evelyn Pickett in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Dave Baker in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Bryan Johnson in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Michael Morris in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Douglas Hillenbrand in memory of Jeff Anderson
  • Mona Gerike in memory of Jeff Anderson