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Updated July 7, 2017

Fourth of July Boat Parade and Dock Judging Results

There was a large number of boats and a huge number of docks decorated with the theme "Monster Movies".  The creativity was evident and picking the winners very difficult.  Below are the winners of the 2017 Fourth of July Boat Parade and Dock Judging Contest:

    Honorable Mention Docks: Beddor Family ("The Addams Family"), Schultz     Family ("Jaws"), Ray Family ("Jaws")
    Honorable Mention Boats: Squires Family ("King Kong"), Shaw Family ("Attack of the Killer Tomatoes")

    Eagle Boat Award - Szalapski Family ("Phantom of the Opera"
    Eagle Dock Award - Midthun Family ("Jurassic Park" and "Ghostbusters")
    Eager Beaver Award - Elliott Family ("Jurassic Park")
    Shark Award - Newhouse Family ("Blue Monster of Donald Trump")

Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade and Dock Judging Contest

The 2017 Fourth of July Boat Parade and Dock judging will start on the lake at 1:00 pm near Jack Fess's house, 6280 Ridge Road.  The theme for this year is Monster Movies which should provide the CLHA members and their guests a creative theme for decorating their boats and docks.  The after party and award announcements will be hosted by Jack Fess and John Feltl on their lake shores.  Come and enjoy the best day of the year on Christmas Lake.

Annual CLHA Meeting

The annual meeting of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association will be held in the Excelsior Elementary School Auditorium on the evening of May 23 at 7:00 pm.  All homeowners on Christmas Lake are encouraged to attend. In addition to the CLHA business, there will be two guest speakers, Michael Keenon of Urban Ecosystems and Steve McComas of Blue Water Science.  They will discuss the lake health and ways to landscape your property which is appealing to the homeowner and protects the lake.

19th Annual Memorial Day Fun Run/Walk
Join your neighbors and their guests for the 19th Annual Memorial Day Fun Run/Walk on Monday, May 29 at 9:00 am at the end of Christmas Lake Road.  This annual rite of Spring provides exercise and camaraderie as the unofficial kick-off to summer.  All of the money raised will be given to a charity chosen by the CLHA Board of Directors.  Here is the entry form for the event.

Ice Out

2017 had an early Ice Out date, March 25, on Christmas Lake since records were recorded starting in 1887 (Ice Out data).  This bodes well for early boating and skiing on lake.  If you have not yet notified Roger Norberg about your dock/boat/lift installation using one of the approved installers, be sure to do so soon.

Second Annual Dog Paddle Days of Summer

The Second Annual Dog Paddle days of summer will be held this weekend on Saturday, August 29.  Water events start at 9:30 am.  Take a leisurely, guided tour of the lake.  Then join us on land for a dog-friendly picnic at Leesa Brown's house, 5830 Christmas Lake Road.  Festivities start around 11:30 and should finish by 1:00 pm. Please register online here.

Potash Treatment
An area near the public landing on Christmas Lake was treated with potash on Friday, June 26.  This was done due to the 10 Zebra mussels found outside the previously treated area.  The area is marked by a containment barrier and includes the public access landing. The landing will be closed until about July 10.  In this time, the DNR will be installing a new landing.

Lost and Found
A adult large shorty wet suit was found in the middle of Ridge Road. If this belongs to you, please contact Peg Schultz at peg@tolijama.com

Annual Fourth of July Boat Parade and Dock Judging Contest
July 4, 2015, is the annual Christmas Lake Boat Parade and Dock Judging.  The theme for this year is "Memorable Saturday Night Live Skits".  The boat parada will begin near Roger and Susan Norberg's house, 5755 Merry Lane, and the post parade party and award annoucements will be held on their property.  Get your most creative, grab your whole family, and join us for this annual great time!

Annual Memorial Day Fun Run and Walk
Join neighbors and friends for the 17th Annual Memorial Day Fun Run and Walk on Monday, May 25 at 9:00 am.  While we are raising money for charity, prizes will also be awarded for the winning bikers, walkers and runners going around Christmas Lake.  This is the event that kicks off summer!

Annual Meeting
The Christmas Lake Homeowner's Association annual meeting will be held on May 5 at 7:00 at the Excelsior Elementary School.  The major topic will be the status and control of Zebra mussels.  Steve, McComas from Blue Water Science will be there to furnish the latest scientific information.  Please come to the meeting for the latest news and discussion.

Ice Out
The ice went out on Christmas Lake this year on April 2, 2015.  To see all of the Christmas Lake ice out data click here.

Boat/Lift/Dock removal
The public access on Christmas Lake is closed due to a zebra mussel infestation.  Therefore this season's removal of boats, lifts and docks will be done very differently.  Roger Norberg, who has been putting together the equipment, the process and the schedule for these removals.  Here are the instructions for the removal process.  Here are the sign up details for removal time slots. Be sure to sign up by September 30.

Christmas Lake Homeowner's Association Information Meeting
There will be two information meetings on Wednesday, September 10.  The first at 6:00 pm will be a public meeting to discuss the zebra mussel infestation into Christmas Lake.  An update will be given as to the treatment plan for the lake.  Dr. Dan Molloy, creator of Zequanox, one of the treatment options, and Steve McComas, Scientist, Blue Water Institute will be at the meeting to answer questions.  The second meeting will be for Christmas Lake Homeowners only and will discuss the removal process for boats and lifts.  Please attend the meetings to be held at the South Lake Minnetonka Public Safety Facility, 24100-24150 Smithtown Road, Shorewood.

Christmas Lake First Annual Dog-Paddle Days of Summer
A new event for Christmas Lake residents and their friends is Dog-Paddle Days of Summer.  This unique event will provide a fun time and race challenges to all of the paddle boarders that have sprung up on Christmas Lake.  Please join the festivities at 9:30 am on August 23.  Details can be found here.

Christmas Lake Annual 4th of July event
The 2014 boat parade and dock judging will begin at 1:00 pm.  The boat parade will begin on the lake in front of Sandy Ryan's property (previously owned by Miles and Maxine Lord).  Boats and docks will be judged on the theme "Movies of the '80s".  After the parade with watermelon, cupcakes and pop, a party will be held on the Sandy Ryan's lakeshore in conjunction with the Awards Ceremony.  Get creative, involve your family and friends, and join your neighbors for the highlight of the boating season.

Annual Memorial Day Fun Run/Walk
The annual event to raise money for charity was held on Memorial Day, May 26.  The weather was perfect and there was a good turn out.  Thanks to John Newhouse for hosting the event this year.  There are still T-shirts available, and if you would still like to contribute to the fundraiser, please send a check for $20 for each T-shirt to Harley Feldman.  Please specify T-shirt sizes.

Christmas Lake Homeowners Association Annual Meeting
The 2014 Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm at the Excelsior Elementary Auditorium.  A good discussion was held about the threat of AIS lead by Steve McComas, Blue Water Institute.  Other subjects were the Memorial Day Fun Run/Walk and the Fourth of July Boat Parade.  A summary of the meeting and annoucements for 2014 are included in this letter from Joe Shneider.

Official Ice Out
The ice completely went out on Christmas Lake on April 20, 2014.  Considering the long cold winter, the ice went out only 5 days longer than the average.  Welcome to the 2014 boating season! Check out the Ice Out date history for Christmas Lake.

Zebra Mussels Expert Presentation
Here you can find an excellent presentation prepared by Dick Sternberg, former DNR biologist and Zebra Mussel authority.  It is a pdf file almost 10 Mb in size but very worthwhile downloading and reading.

Christmas Lake residents impact City of Chanhassen AIS planning
A number of Christmas Lake Homeowners signed the electronic petition for Lotus Lake.  That petition asked the City of Chanhassen to enforce their posted park hours for the Lotus Lake landing so that their inspection program wouldn't be missing boats that launched before the park opens in the morning.  The 350 plus names on the petition were presented to the Chanhassen City Council and the Mayor at an information session focused on AIS.  Our Christmas Lake petition signers made an impact.  Their actions are appreciated!

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Project Update
Joe Shneider continues to push forward on a plan for a pilot project targeting the prevention of Zebra mussels from entering Christmas Lake.  Here is an update sent to the lake residents.  Here is a link to an email sent to Governor Dayton and Commissioner Landwehr on July 14.  Here is a link to an article published by the Chanhassen Villager about this project.

Fourth of July
The 2011 July 4th boat and dock decorating theme will be "Famous Families".  We hope to see many families display a boat or dock with this theme.  The boat parade and judging will start at 1:00 pm near Miles Lord's house.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Project Progress
Christmas Lake had a major victory on Monday, June 27, at the Shorewood City Council meeting.  The City agreed unanimously to support our proposed pilot project for the prevention on Aquatic Invasive Species (specifically zebra mussels).  The unanimous vote was in spite of concerns from the City Attorney.  Mayor Lizee was great and had unanimous support from the rest of the City Council.  She demonstrated her leadership in supporting this project.  You can see the PowerPoint slides presented at the meeting by Joe Shneider hereHere is a commentary from Steve Gunther, President, Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association on the issues dealing with Zebra mussels.

Weevil Project
The Weevil project is designed to test the effectiveness of using Milfoil Weevils in controlling Eurasian Watermilfoil in Christmas Lake.  This project is sponsored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and Christmas Lake is the only lake included in the project.  The project is designed to harvest these native weevils from area lakes, grow the population of harvested weevils in holding tanks to be of sufficient scale for the pilot project, introduce the weevils into test beds of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Christmas Lake, then evaluate the results.  To date, the team has had a very difficult time capturing weevils, and the bounty is minuscule compared to the numbers needed.  This project will get some things accomplished this year, but it is now being focused on getting smarter and better prepared for next year.  Thanks to CLHA Board Member Bill Cole for his interest and involvement in this effort!

Christmas Lake History Book
The Christmas Lake History Book is nearing completion. You should have received a flyer last weekend with more information about being a sponsor and pre-ordering your copies of the books at a discount.  This book is a "must have" companion piece to the beautiful book of photos that was prepared several years ago. The history book is amazing, as is the effort that has gone into getting it done.  A book release party is being planned for August.  Contact Sherri West for more details, but act NOW as the book is almost ready to go to press.  Sherri can be reached at 952-470-1523 or swestfibers@aol.com.

13th Annual Memorial Day Fun Run/Walk
This year's event was held in memory of Dennis Jabs, a long time resident  of Christmas Lake and friend to many, who passed away in March 2011.  Almost $3,500 was raised this year which will be donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in memory of Dennis.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Loon Pictures
Thanks to Kathy Twiford, there are pictures of the latest residents of Christmas Lake, two baby loons.  The pictures can be found here or through the link on the left "Loon Gallery".

CLHA Annual Meeting
The Annual Homeowner's Meeting was held on May 3 in the auditorium of the  Excelsior Elementary School.  The discussion covered various measures of the health of Christmas Lake as maintained by Steve McComas.  There were also discussions on the potential threat of zebra mussels and a proposed methid for using weevils as a deterrent to the growth of Eurasian milfoil.  A summary of the meeting can be read here.

CLHA Board Meeting
The Board meeting was held on April 19, 2011.  The meeting minutes are available here.  The Board elected Joe Shneider as it next President.  He will start his term at the annual meeting.  Thanks to Ron Mason for his leadership of the CLHA for the past three years.

Photo gallery
A new gallery of the photos of wildlife take around Christmas Lake has been started.  Note the "Wildlife Gallery" link in the left frame.  If you have additional photos, send them to Harley Feldman, and they will be added to the site.

Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) Information
A new web page has been dedicated to covering the latest information about EWM on Christmas Lake.  Click the "EWM Info" link to the left.

Newest Christmas Lake family
Be sure to check out the video of Christmas Lake's newest natural family.

Water Resources Management Plan
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District recently released its ten year plan. Included is the water resources management plan for Christmas Lake as written and adopted by the District (6.5 Mb pdf).  The CLHA Board will be reviewing the plan and determining what we as an association should be doing to support the management plan.

Lake safety
The State of Minnesota 2006 Boating Guide can be retrieved as a pdf file here.  We encourage every homeowner to review and abide by the boating rules included.  We want to make sure that all boaters on the lake are operating in a safe and legal manner.

Dave Schultz has agreed to underwrite the cost of boating safety classes.  Jack Fess will be developing a schedule for this summer by working with an outside organization that teaches boating safety to provide the lessons.  The Board thanks Dave for his support.

Christmas Lake data
The latest DNR data about Christmas Lake can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/showreport.html?downum=27013700

The DNR's 2006 Annual Report on Invasive Species of Aquatic Plants and Wild Animals can be found here.  It provides interesting reading and background information on the DNR's analysis of the state's lakes.