Hickory Lake Campground Cooperative Association

Updated Documents

New documents that reflect changes approved by the HLCCA Board of Directors as it pertains to the seasonal rental of sites as well to the process of selling your site have been uploaded to the members area

2019 Construction Projects in the Aitkin Area

Pine-Hickory Lakes Roadside Parking Area (2019)

Pine-Hickory Lakes Roadside Parking Area

Project Scope: The Pine Hickory RPA Rehabilitation will restore several historic stone features, repave the parking area and make accessibility improvements to the picnic area and portable toilets. A degraded paved trail will be re-paved, while other trails will remain turf, or soft surface. A new fishing pier will be installed by the picnic table. This project has been designed to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. The roadside parking area on Little Pine Lake will be closed during construction. The gravel access and boat launch on Hickory Lake will remain open and is not being worked on. Construction is planned for summer 2019.

Construction Update: A pre-bid meeting was held at the Baxter D3A District Office, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 10 a.m.. Construction may begin in March and continue through September 2019.


Garrison Pedestrian Underpass (2018-19)

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass Rehabilitation

Construction Update: Jan. 9, 2019 The stone masonry restoration on the bridge is complete. Fabrication of replacement steel for reinforcing the bridge arch caused delays in the work. The concrete bridge deck was unable to be completed in the 2018 season. A temporary asphalt surface has been installed to pave the bridge over the winter. The final concrete bridge deck will be completed in the Summer of 2019.


Hwy 18 & Hwy 47 — Malmo

July-October 2019UPDATE FEB 2019 – MnDOT recently sent a postcard to local customers that showed the project would take two separate years to complete.  But good news, now it will only take one. MnDOT has come up with a new schedule so both can be done this year. First the Hwy 47 bridge, then the Hwy 18 bridge. Learn about the detour

Summary of work

  • Replace the Hwy 47 bridge over the Morman Creek, north of Malmo, with two new box culverts
  • Replace the Hwy 18 bridge over the Morman Creek, west of Malmo with a new box culvert

More information: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/projects/malmo/


Whitefish Creek Bridge Rehabilitation

Project Scope: The Whitefish Creek Bridge will be rehabilitated. Historic stone will be repaired and repointed, including bridge abutments, walks and guardrail stone wall. The bridge deck and approach lanes will be reconstructed and an integral Wyoming guardrail will be installed. This project has been designed to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. Construction is planned for summer 2019.

Construction Update: Dec. 13, 2018. This project has been awarded to Environmental Associates, Inc. Construction will take place in 2019. Lane closures will be used to keep traffic open on the bridge during construction, but travelers on this area of Hwy 169 should expect delays.

Board Meeting January 26, 2019

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends!

With 2019 upon us, the board is busy securing caretakers for the upcoming season. The next board meeting, January 26th, will primarily be focused on this task.

Other things on the agenda include:

Budget Update
Review of the rules and regulations
Opening the season – tasks/to do list
Floating Docks – estimate
Mosquito Spray – estimate
DNR Permit/weed control
Insurance Review

Updated Rules & Regulations

An updated document has been posted in the owners area of the website. Please review this document as it contains the latest changes that were discussed and voted on at the last board meeting.

HLCCA Board Meeting

Hope everyone is staying warm! As Carolyn stated in a previous email, there will be a board meeting at Carolyn’s home at 12:30pm on Saturday, November 17th. The agenda will include the following:


  1. Call to Order
  2. 2019 Board Officers
  3. 2019 Proposed Budget
  4. 2019 Employees
  5. Approval of Membership Application Fee word change
  6. Rules/Regulations
    1. Feedback from Owners
    2. Potential Updates /Changes
  7. Other Business
  8. Adjourn
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! Bobbie

Short Update

Docks were pulled out of the lake and water was shut off to the individual sites last weekend. The shower house will remain open for a while yet (weather permitting).

The election for the board seat is underway, all owners should have received an electronic ballot, if you did not receive one please check your spam folder. If you own multiple sites you will receive multiple emails for separate ballots corresponding to the number of sites you own. Voting will remain open until Friday October 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM. There is also a short survey attached to the ballot with some questions regarding possible rule changes that the board will discuss and the board wants your input. All owners will receive an email with a link to the results after the election has ended.

As of last weekend about 1/2 of the leaves have fallen from the trees and it is past peak season for fall colors. Owners are responsible for the removal of fallen leaves from their sites. You may dispose of the leaves at the north end of the overflow lot. Several people worked last weekend to clean up the community areas but it will need more work in the spring.

That’s all for now-Here is hoping for an early Spring!

End of Season

Hello All,
Another season coming to completion; It was definitely a year of transition, learning, and growing; I appreciate your patience, ideas and willingness to jump in where/when needed. Here is what is currently in the works:
1. Fall Shut Down/Clean Up – after further discussion and review of the extended forecast, water to individual sites will be turned off and winterized the weekend of October 13th/14th. The shower house will remain open a bit longer.  Please be sure to winterize your camping unit prior to Oct 13th.
2. Docks will be removed the morning of October 13th; please be sure to have your boat removed from all HLC docks/slips prior to 9:00am that day.We will begin doing some dock prep this coming weekend, Oct 6th and 7th, and are looking for volunteers. If you are willing to help or have questions please see or contact Scott Berge.
3. Fall Raking – we will plan to rake and rid the grounds of as many leaves as possible the weekend of Oct 13th/14th.  If you can assist in any way with any of these first three items, the weekend of Oct 13th/14th (half day, one day or the entire weekend), that would be much appreciated and it makes things go that much quicker and smoother. No need to RSVP, just show up.
4. Open Board Seat – the candidacy forms are in; I will send these in a separate email.  I will send out instructions for voting (hoping to do this by the end of this week).
5. Carolyn is working her tail off to balance our budget and make everything work to avoid additional fees/assessments this season; sounds pretty promising. We will have a proposed 2019 budget send out in November.
6. Rules/Regulations – there were a number of rules that were discussed at the owners meetings this season questioning the possibility of modifications/changes.  I will be sending a number of surveys out to obtain your individual feedback on those various rules. The board will plan to review the feedback and assess the need/desire for changes over the off season.
7. Save the Date – back by popular demand we will have an early season owners meeting again in 2019; plan on memorial weekend.
I think that is all for now! I know there is a lot going on but please consider helping out in any way you can the weekend of Oct 13th/14th. Having owners pitch in to do these things benefits the whole and saves us all money!
Thank you and have a safe fall/winter…stay warm!

Labor Day Weekend

Cardboard Recycling

As of this week, Garrison Disposal will no longer be picking up cardboard at the campground.  Instead, a new container (smaller) has been placed next to the other recycling containers for cardboard use.  BUT…we need everyone’s help in making this one work.  If you have boxes to recycle, please break them down to flat before putting them into the container.
We’re doing a good job in putting a lot of cans, bottles, paper, etc into the recycling container rather than the garbage.  It would be even better if we did more!  Our garbage vendor has let us know that our bill will be going up because of the amount of garbage that we have each week.  I’m guessing that there’s quite a bit of garbage that could be recycled.  All aluminum cans go into one bin.  All glass, plastic containers, office paper, newspaper, steel cans go into another bin.  And then cardboard will have it’s own bin.  Let’s do this, friends!  We save money, and we help the environment…it’s a win-win!
Lastly, if you can help take a load of recycling into town, that would be most helpful!  A few of you have been doing this, but we can always use another volunteer or 2 or 3.

Annual Meeting

Hard to believe it is August already! I hope everyone is enjoying summer; it definitely goes way too fast.
I will put out an agenda at a later date; however, wanted to let you know the Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, September 1st at 10am.
If you have agenda items you want to add, please let me know.
Hope to see you at the lake,