Lake Mille Lacs: Adopt a Shoreline

2016 Adopt a Shoreline event recap

Posted on 01 Jul 2016 in News | 0 comments

CONTACT: Dayna Pearson 320/532-8175

June 30, 2016



ONAMIA, Minn. – The 4th annual Adopt-a-Shoreline (AAS) clean-up effort took place on Monday, June 27 around the shores of Lake Mille Lacs. With a combined effort of area sponsors including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, Mille Lacs Area Tourism Council, Eddy’s Resort, Fisherman’s Wharf Resort, Sandelands Reality and Twin Pines Resort – 1,000 lbs. of trash was collected.

On Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers were encouraged to collect trash along the shoreline and dispose of it at one of the designated drop-off sites: Malmo Park, Garrison Public Access, Shaw-Bosh-Kung Bay and Eddy’s Resort. Gloves, trash bags and trash disposal were provided by Grand Casino. Supplies were made available at each of the sponsor locations throughout the day.

More than 40 volunteers participated in this year’s AAS program. Organizers of the event believe the turnout this year is a good sign for the future of the event and the growth of trash impact awareness.

“As a tourism-focused economy, we know we have to do everything we can to care for Lake Mille Lacs,” said Tracy Sam, general manager of Grand Casino Mille Lacs “It was great to see so many volunteers from our company and the community work together to pick-up the shoreline.”

Organizers of the event created a website,, to help spread the word about the effort. Photos from this year’s cleanup will be posted to the website in the days following the event. Interested area residents can also check out the website next spring for more information about next year’s Adopt-a-Shoreline event.

A special thank you to this year’s Adopt-a-Shoreline sponsors:


ADOPT-A-SHORELINE The Adopt-a-Shoreline program was started by Grand Casino Mille Lacs in 2013 - the need for a clean-up effort was evident in the form of trash and debris following ice out each spring. Since the program started, it has grown into a community-wide event. Each year, Grand Casino is joined by new partners around the lake including community members, individuals, organizations and area businesses that help make this program a success. The goal of the program is not only to increase the number of volunteers each year to help keep the shoreline clean, but to also educate and inspire others to think about the impact of the trash in or around Lake Mille Lacs.


For more images, please contact Sarah Barten.