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Merry bands of sailors will set sail Independence Day on area lakes

Boat parades on area lakes are popular on the Fourth of July around Park Rapids.

Long Lake

The Long Lake Flotilla is Friday, July 4. Gather at 9:50 a.m. in front of New Frontier Resort on the west side of Long Lake and depart at 10 a.m. in two groups.

Follow the leader with the route sign – one goes north and one south. Decorate and show your patriotic spirit!

If there is inclement weather (high winds, rain or thunderstorms) at 9 a.m. on that day, the flotilla will be cancelled. Pictures will be taken and placed on Participants agree to allow boats to be photographed and published on this website.

Belle Taine

The Belle Taine Lake Association is sponsoring a Boat Parade at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4. So show your colors, decorate your boat or pontoon, check your boat safety gear or plant your lawn chair on the shore and join the fun. Meet at the entrance to the west bay of Lake Belle Taine.

Fish Hook Lake and River

The Fish Hook Lake and River Association will hold their annual Fourth of July Flotilla at 11 a.m., beginning at the “new” bridge at Red Bridge Park. Decorate and show your patriotism as we parade down the river to the lake and all the way around the lake. Come and join the fun!

8th and 9th Crow Wing

The 8th and 9th Crow Wing Lakes Association will hold the annual 4th of July boat parade starting at 1 p.m. Friday, July 4 in front of In-We-Go resort. Participants are asked to include “Controlling AIS” as a part of their float’s theme.

Duck Lake

Sail with us on Duck Lake’s annual 4th of July boat parade! It will launch at noon on Friday, July 4 from the public access.

Two Inlets Lake

Two Inlets Lake will have a boat parade at 11 a.m. Friday, July 4. Meet at the public access. Call Glen Wolters with any questions at 218-699-3244.

Potato Lake

Potato Lake residents are invited to participate in a 4th of July boat parade. We will meet at the sandbar on the west arm at 10 a.m. and cruise from there around the east arm. Decorate your boats and come celebrate with us. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled.

Little Sand Lake

Little Sand Lake will have a boat parade at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4. The parade starts at Zorbaz.

Emma, Stocking and Bottle lakes

The ESB lake association will be having their pontoon and boat parade at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 4.

Meet at Schneeman’s bay on Lower Bottle Lake with your decorated watercraft. There will be dockside refreshments as we meet for the parade. If you don’t have a watercraft and would like to participate in the parade, call Cathy Jones at 732-1365 to arrange a ride on another boat or pontoon that would have room. Also if you will have room for guests on your watercraft let Cathy know. Meet at the Schneeman’s to hop on. Or decorate your dock and wave as the parade goes by.

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
(218) 732-3364