Bush Lake Chapter

Izaak Walton League of America

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Chapter Rules / Policies

Interim Covid-19 Policies

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For the safety of our members, their families, friends, our onsite caretakers, and the general populace, the Bush Lake Chapter Board asks you to follow these policies. Failure to do so could result in closing the Chapter to member access.

Following the State of Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines, there should be no more than 10 people on the beach at one time. Signs are posted.

Do not bring guests, friends or extended family members to the Chapter at this time. Due to space limitations and social distancing precautions, on busy days there is just not enough room to accommodate extra guests. No events or gatherings please! This policy does not apply to the caretakers, as the Chapter is also their residence. 

Take turns! If it is a busy summer day and you and your family have been on the beach for some time- consider moving to a picnic table off the beach or different area so others can use the beach.

The swimming raft will not be put out until further notice. The dock has been placed, and members should follow social distancing guidelines (6 foot distance) when using the dock. The dock is put out in May and brought in around October. 

There's currently no restroom facilities available to members at the Chapter. Please plan ahead. The beach area port-o-potty is available April/May to October. The unit is sanitized once per week by the service. Please keep it clean and exercise the appropriate precautions. The guest restroom attached to the caretakers cabin will remain closed.

Chapter volunteer activities will not be required at this time and no volunteer events are plannned. Members can do volunteer activities on their own time if they choose.  Contact the caretaker for the list of ideas. 

The kid's playground will stay open. The playground is not cleaned or sanitized so use your best judgement and exercise precautions.

The Chapter Lodge will remain closed/locked until further notice. No reservations for events in the lodge will be accepted at this time.

The Board gave the Caretakers the authority to close the Chapter immediately at their discretion if the Covid-19 policies or Chapter rules are not being followed.

Should the on-site Caretakers contract the Coronovirus, the Chapter will be closed to members.

The Chapter board meets monthly to discuss these policies.  Watch for the Lake Winds Chapter Newsletter for Updates. 

Protect yourselves, Protect other members and the Caretakers

You should bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you to the Chapter- use it on your hands before opening the gate and after locking it. Avoid touching surfaces.

The Board asks that members wear masks when other members are present.

Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms.

Please share this information with your family- make sure they understand these rules and policies! Again- we thank you for your patience, diligence, and understanding. Should you have any questions, please contact Rick Wheeler, Chapter President. Please stay safe and healthy!

Chapter Rules/Policies

IWLA Bush Lake Chapter is a private property owner in a residential neighborhood.  Keep all noise and traffic at low levels out of respect to our neighbors.  Please help keep the grounds free of litter...Pack it in – Pack it all out

Violation of Chapter Rules, and any applicable state and local laws/ordinances, can result in membership revocation.

Use of Property by Member(s) of Record's Children & Guests:

  • The adult Chapter Member(s) of Record must always be present with Children under age 18, Adult Children 18 and over, and all Guests.  
  • Adult Chapter Member(s) of Record must not share gate keys with other family/friends.
  • Adult chapter member is responsible for the safety and behavior of their family/guests, and will be responsible for any damages.

Beach & Swimming Safety:

  • Beach is unsupervised - swim at your own risk
  • Parents/Guardians must supervise their children at all times on the beach and in the swimming area
  • Members may not reserve the beach area
  • No fishing in the swimming area, including the beach or raft area (due to risk of losing hooks)
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach (see "Dogs" rules below)
  • Respect the safety and rights of other beach users and swimmers at all times 


  • Izaak Walton chapter grounds are not for use as a Dog Park.  In order to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all who visit, all dogs must be under control at all times and not allowed to harass others, including wildlife.  
  • Dogs shall be leashed and under control when other individuals/families (especially families with children) are present.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach/swimming area.  They may be exercised in the shore area by the canoe rack or shore area 50-feet east of the beach.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times.
  • Owners are responsible for clean-up and proper disposal of pet waste.

Hours - Closed at 10pm:

  • Chapter grounds close at 10pm.
  • Members and their guests must leave the chapter property by 10pm, unless a written permit for extended hours has been provided by the chapter’s board of directors, in response to a written request.
  • IWLA-Bush Lake is a private property owner in a residential neighborhood.  Keep all noise and traffic at low levels out of respect to our neighbors.  Drive slowly on Izaak Walton Road.

Gate - when in doubt, keep it closed:

  • Close & Lock Gate when Entering & Leaving (except with posted chapter event)
  • Make arrangements for guests or family members arriving separately to gain access to the property (ie. cell phone, having someone wait at the gate with a key), but do not leave the gate open.
  • Do not block private driveways while waiting outside of gate / Do not park outside of gate.
  • Drive Slow & Safe when entering or leaving the chapter property – 20 mph is plenty.
  • Keep all noise and traffic -speed at low levels, out of respect to our neighbors.
  • Gate lock is changed annually in mid-February.  Members receive a new key when they renew their annual membership. 

Canoe/Kayak Storage:

  • A limited number of racks are available to members for canoe-kayak storage. Annual rack rental for canoes & kayaks is $50.
  • All stored watercraft must have a current DNR license (for 9-foot+ watercraft) and be in accordance with chapter requirements and policies.
  • All stored watercraft shall be securely tied down to prevent from being blown off the racks.
  • The chapter is not responsible for damage or loss that may occur to canoes, kayaks or paddle boards stored on the chapter racks  
  • For more information on rack-rental availability, email requests to: bushlakeikes@gmail.com

Use of lodge:           

  • All lodge group (3 or more) usage must be made by reservation, through the caretaker.
  • Only Bush Lake Chapter members may reserve the lodge.
  • The lodge may be reserved by members for groups up to 30.
  • Member making the reservation must be present during the entire event and is responsible for the safety and behavior of guests and for any damages.
  • $25 refundable deposit is required to hold a reservation.  Deposit will not be refunded if any required cleanup is not completed by the member renter. 
  • Member must be present before guests arrive
  • Member must provide gate opening & closing for arriving guests.  Guest vehicles must not block private driveways of neighbors. - Parking  outside the gate is not allowed.
  • Parking is limited - provide guidance to guests to park efficiently without blocking access.  Encourage carpooling.
  • Member must provide parking attendant, to efficiently park guest vehicles within chapter property, to allow access & parking by other chapter members.
  • Cars may not drive or park on the lawn near the lodge.
  • Groups must bring their own paper products and trash bags.  
  • The reserving member must clean-up the lodge and pack out all refuse.
  • Pack it in – Pack it all out  -  Please help keep the grounds free of litter.
  • Extinguish your fire completely before you leave the property.
  • Spring, Summer and Fall usage fee is $2 per person, with a minimum fee of $25 (maximum of 12 cars).
  • Winter usage fee is $4/person, with a minimum fee of $40 (maximum of 8 cars).
  • Contact Chapter Caretaker for checking lodge availability and reservations – pwerdmann@yahoo.com

Picnic Tables & Fire Pits - to be shared:

  • Be respectful and share with other members when there is high demand.  Chapter tables, fire pits, barbeque grills may not be reserved.  
  • Keep all fires in designated fire pits only.  Firewood is provided - do not bring in firewood.  
  • Extinguish your fire completely before you leave the property
  • Pack it in-pack it all out  (please help keep the grounds free of litter).
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