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Independence Day Boat Parades

Boat parades are the highlight of the lakes holidays. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Potato Lake

Potato Lake's Independence Day boat parade will set sail at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 from the west end sandbar.

Little Sand Lake

Little Sand Lake will have their annual 4th of July boat parade starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Zorbaz.

Emma, Stocking, Bottle

The ESB Independence Day boat parade will set sail at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4.

Meet near the former Wambolt's Resort on Upper Bottle Lake just before 10 a.m.

For more information, call Cathy Jones at 732-1365.

Lake Belle Taine

Belle Taine's 4th of July boat parade will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the west end by Doug Hed's cabin.

Decorating a boat is fun, but not required. Smiles and celebratory spirit is mandatory.

Follow the traditional course to the Nevis Public Beach. There will be no treats this year because high water makes it difficult to secure boats.

Long Lake

Long Lake flotilla will gather at 9:50 a.m. at New Frontier Resort on the west side and depart at 10 a.m. in two groups on the 4th of July.

Follow the flotilla leader on the north route or the south route. The decoration theme is "Patriotism for Your Country."   Display a phone number large enough for the judges to read.  

First and second place prizewinners will be selected from boats and pontoons following the flotilla leaders. Decorations are to remain intact until 1 p.m. July 4th. Participants agree to allow photo publishing.  

If there is inclement weather (high winds, rain, thunderstorms) at 9 a.m., the flotilla will be cancelled.  

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Straight Lake

The Osage Environmental Association is sponsoring the annual boat parade on Straight Lake and community picnic Wednesday, July 4.  

The boat parade will gather at the head of the narrows at 10 a.m.  

Following the parade there will be a community picnic at the Lion's Park beginning at noon.  Bring utensils and a side dish or dessert to share. Beverages and brats will be provided.

For additional information call 573-3572.

Big Sand Lake

The Big Sand boat parade will meet at 11 a.m. to set sail from the inlet Wednesday, July 4. 

Fish Hook Lake, River

The Fish Hook Lake and River Association will hold their annual 4th of July flotilla at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4.  

Pontoons and boats will meet in front of the Gary and Sharon Rezac Andersen's home on the southeast corner of Fish Hook Lake.   Patriotic displays are encouraged.

Two Inlets Lake

Two Inlets will have their Independence Day boat parade Wednesday, July 4.

All boats are to meet at the Two Inlets Lake boat landing at 11 a.m.

Boat decorating is encouraged; bring the whole family.

8th, 9th Crow Wings

The 8th and 9th Crow Wing Lakes Association will launch the annual 4th of July boat parade at 1 p.m.  

Flotilla participants should gather in the bay in front of In-We-Go and Starlight Bay resorts prior to the start time.  

Stony Lake

Stony Lake Association's 4th of July flotilla will set sail at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.  

The flotilla will form at the public access at the west end of the lake.