Beebe Lake History

  • 1891: Guldens moved to the island.
  • 1908: The first records of fish stocking for Beebe Lake.
  • 1949: A record number of carp were harvested from the lake during the 1948-49 season.  (34,830 lbs.)
  • 1951: The DNR purchased land for the public access.
  • 1955: The first fisheries lake survey stated that Beebe Lake was well known for its fine panfish fishing.  (Pumpkinseeds, bluegills, black crappies and bullheads were abundant)
  • 1955: The first lake map was drawn based on fieldwork that summer.  The maximum depth found was 27 feet.
  • 1959: The land around the bay was sold to a developer and lots were plotted.
  • 1960: The State of Minnesota purchased property (6.7 acres) on the northeast side of Beebe Lake for the purpose of rearing a natural outlet.
  • 1976: The Beebe Lake Association was formed and incorporated.  Charter #N1175.
  • 1978: The BLA paid for and applied copper sulfate to the lake to control algae.  Members did the application.
  • 1981: The beginning of walleye stocking every other year by the DNR.
  • 1982-86: The BLA became inactive.  When flooding occurred in 1986, it was activated once again with a balance in the treasury of $109.75.
  • 1984: A record amount of bullheads were removed from the lake by a commercial fisherman (3,500 lbs.).
  • 1985: The Wright County Parks Department constructed a fishing pier for Beebe Lake at the county park.  Estimated 5,000 hours of fishing is done from this pier each year.
  • 1986: A way is sought to relieve high water at Beebe Lake.  The Army Corp of Engineers took over the project studies, but dropped the project when the water level went down.  It was then turned over to Frankfort Township and finally to the City of St. Michael.  Ten years later the project was completed.  (See 1996).
  • 1988: Approximately 140 fish houses on Beebe Lake making it one of the busiest winter fisheries in this area.
  • 1988: The DNR drew up a new lake map.  The area of the lake was shown to be 297.6 acres.  60% was less than 15 feet deep.  The maximum depth was 23.5 feet.
  • 1989: The word spread!  About 240 fish houses were on Beebe Lake.
  • 1991: BLA hired Lake Restoration to harvest curlyleaf pondweed.
  • 1992: Eurasian water milfoil was found in Beebe Lake.
  • 1992-1994: A gaming permit was obtained from the State of Minnesota which permitted the BLA to sell pulltabs at the Hanover Hilltop.  Large donations were made to the Wright County Sheriff Department, the Wright County Water Patrol and the Hanover Fire Department.  The balance was put in an escrow account held by the City of St. Michael.  It was to be used to help the flood gate project.  (See 1996).
  • 1993: The DNR hired a commercial company to treat 15 acres for EWM.  (public areas only).
  • 1994: The DNR hired a commerical company to treat 19 1/2 acres for EWM.  (public areas only).
  • Water surface use proposed for Beebe Lake to limit the speed to slow/no wake when the level reaches 968.2.
  • 1995: The DNR put new restrictions on for EWM.  No treatment in 1995.
  • 1996: BLA hired Lake Restoration to treat EWM  ($1,124).
  • 1996: A culvert (flood gate) was installed on the east end of Beebe Lake as a high water outlet.  The BLA had some funds in escrow to help with the costs.  Prior to the actual construction, these funds were used to pay for studies, lawyers, etc.  There was $52,000 left to apply to the actual construction.  Each resident of the bay and the residents on the east side were assessed $1,200.
  • 1996-2005: Pork chop dinner fundraising.  Initial profits of $675 grew to $5,100.
  • 1997: BLA hired Lake Restoration to treat EWM  ($3,900).
  • 1998: BLA hired Lake Restoration to treat EWM.  The total cost was $4,500, but the City of St. Michael contributed $3,000.
  • 1999: The BLA started doing our own treatment for EWM.  We used the equipment from Clear Lake.  Brian Hall license #20048562.
  • 1999: The cows which were part of a farm on the west side of the lake finally came out of the lake.
  • 2000-2009: We got our own equipment and treated between 24 and 30 acres each year.  The costs ran from about $7,500 to $10,000 yearly.  We received $5,000 from the City of St. Michael, $200 from Wright County Parks and DNR grants ($1,200-1,500).
  • 2000: Improvement to the public access was completed ($60,000).
  • 2001: City sewer service was extended to residents on the east side of Beebe Lake.  This will be connected to the City of St. Michael.
  • 2001: Beebe lake Park spent $15,000 on shoreline stabilization.  The BLA contributed $1,000 toward this project.
  • 2003: There was major flooding on Beebe Lake.  The City of St. Michael helped with sand, sandbags and the pumping of Mud Lake.
  • 2013: More major flooding.
  • 2019: The BLIA hired Aquatic Solutions to treat CLP and EWM.  Members of the BLIA assisted in the application.