Clean water. Environmental Education. Strong Community. 

Where quality lake living begins

Clean Water

Lake research, water quality testing, weed harvesting, fish stocking, shoreline restoration, and feed lot management watershed project.

Environmental Education

Annual Fresh Water Fair for local and surrounding school district 5th grade students, Interactive Lake Ecology course, and also provide scholarships each summer for environmental camping experiences.

Strong Community

Provide assistance to area nonprofit organizations such as food shelves, human services charities, fire, police, and youth groups.

Lake Community Building

Monthly membership meetings, volunteering in the Environmental Stewardship, Educational Opportunities, and Local Community Support, as well as PLA Social Events such a Welcome Back Social in May, Summer Picnic and Silent Auction in August, Holiday Party in December, and more.

We have over

60 years invested in improving Pokegama Lake and serving the community

We are a registered 501-c3 corporation.

Our Federal tax ID (EIN) is 41-1516320. Become a Member


In 1960, a group of lake residents concerned for the quality of water in Pokegama Lake, organized under the name, Lake Pokegama Sportman’s Club. That name was later changed to Pokegama Lake Association with a mission “To promote the protection and improvement of Pokegama Lake.” The close proximity to the Twin Cities, 70 miles via north on I-35, has brought many residents who enjoy the rural area with plenty of summer and winter sports and a short commute.  learn more

Our Resources

In addition to membership dues and charitable gambling, the PLA has various fund raisers throughout the year, most notably the Corn Booth at the Pine County Fair. Manned entirely with volunteers, this group of dedicated and enthusiastic men and women are our most valuable resource. Not only do they man the corn booth, they also operate the lake’s weed cutters in the Spring of the year, and in 1999 built a barge to help the weed harvesting operation run more efficiently.  learn more

Lake Facts

Located 5 miles West of Pine City, Pokegama Lake is part of the Snake River watershed. The Lake is 1,474 acres in size, about 3 miles long and up to 1 mile wide. It runs North and South, with a shoreline of 10.6 miles. It has 2 public landings, one on the North end and one on the South. There is also a restaurant/bar on each end. A boat channel links the lake to the Snake River which runs through Pine City and East into Cross Lake.  learn more


Donations to the Pokegama Lake Association can be made by mailing a check to: Pokegama Lake Association 12965 Lake Line Rd. Pine City, MN 55063 Online Donations can be made by donating through the PayPal link on the left. Thank you for your support and generosity!  learn more

Membership Dues Application

The Pokegama Lake Association (PLA) membership dues are $40.00 per household / year.

Please complete the application below and enter all Information for either a NEW or RENEWAL Application

Membership is open to everyone interested in the PLA goal of promoting the protection and improvement of Pokegama Lake.

Join or Renew Membership

After Submitting, please process your Annual Membership Dues payment of $40 by clicking the link below.

*PayPal is the preferred Method of Payment

If unable to use PayPal, send with a check payable to: Pokegama Lake Association. Ununable to fill out Membership Application and Information form online, please download the form and mail to the following address. 2022 PLA Membership Application Form

Mail to:

Mary Holmgren, Membership Chairperson

12243 Flanders Street NE Blaine, MN 55449

If you have questions, call Mary at (612) 481-2223

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    Charitable Giving

    Grant Applications

    We offer grants to many local charitable activities, schools, and students each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We vote on whether to accept or deny funding for each application at open, general board meetings and the decision is solely based on the strength of the application. Funding limited to local activities in Pine, Kanabec, and Isanti Counties.

    Our giving priorities are:Clean Water Providing for improving the quality of Lake Pokegama water, including issues of management of invasive plant species, chemical runoff from adjacent lands and streams, and Snake River overflow

    Environmental Education Providing support in care for, education in, and stewardship of, the environment in Pine, Kanabec, and Isanti counties in MN.

    Strong Community Providing support to the charities, community services, emergency services, and educational services in Pine, Kanabec, and Isanti counties in MN.

    2018 – Grants Funded: $35,850 2019 – Grants Funded: $35,975 2020 – Grants Funded: Ongoing

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    Our Board of Directors

    Our highly effective board is responsible for strategic and financial decisions regarding the association’s activities.

    Tom Rice


    (612) 781-3101

    Jack Swanson

    Vice President

    (218) 380-0257

    I have lived full time on the lake for 10 years, and am dedicated to clean water, keeping the weeds out and maintaining our equipment in working conditions.

    I have been self-employed most of my life, with training in the building trades, welding, fabrication, etc.,as well as having proudly served our country as a Navy Seabee.

    Luranne McLean


    (612) 716-9022

    I am a Minneapolis resident who has loved lake life since purchasing my family cabin in 2012. I am currently serving as the PLA Secretary and am proud to be a part of our mission and commitment to clean water

    Carole Pederson


    (320) 674-7518

    I joined the Pokegama Lake Association in 2012. The Association was looking for a new Treasurer for their two association banking accounts. I was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013. I have a college degree in Accounting and have worked in the financial area for over 20 years. I moved to Pine City in 2008 from Moorhead, MN.

    Board Members

    Tom Rice, President (612) 781-3101

    Jack Swanson, Vice President (218) 380-0257

    Luranne McLean, Secretary (612) 716-9022

    Dennis Cheesebrow (651) 387-0827

    Larry Eich (612) 868-1243

    Tom Hollingsworth (651) 248-0569

    John Hoyny (612) 644-4297

    Bruce Phelps (507) 649-0474

    Chuck Royce (320) 629-2805

    Laurie Simonsen (952) 892-0425

    Steve Simonsen (952) 334-4678

    Connie Stone (612) 799-2955


    Gambling – Laura Hollingsworth

    Audit – Bruce Phelps (Chair), John Hoyny, Jake Jacobson, Luranne McLean, and Gene Olson

    Building Management – Chuck and Pauline Royce, Tom Hollingsworth

    Clothing – Bonnie Cheesebrow and Melody Fraser

    Corn Booth – Scott and Sandy Jeanson

    Donations – Chuck Royce and Tom Hollingsworth

    Education – Marietta Jacobson

    Freedom Fest – Tom Rice

    Freshwater Fair – Lyn Johnson

    Lake Improvement – Al Johnson

    Membership – Mary Holmgren

    Silent Auction – Marta Malone-Rice and Connie Stone

    Social and Holiday Party – (Open)

    Holiday Party SRWMB & DNR – Henry Fischer

    Newsletter – Becky Gardner

    Webpage – Dennis Cheesebrow

    Weed Harvesting – Bruce Phelps







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