News from the Island
Crowds of campers congregated near the causeway to watch the 2013 Fourth of July Campers’ Paradise fireworks display. Oohs, aahs and applause greeted the show. Campers sported red-white-and-blue glow sticks as necklaces, bracelets, anklets, belts and jump ropes, adding to the patriotic festivities.
Run, piggy, run!
Did Paradise (in the pink bandana) pork out too much before the race? Was Sunsets distracted by the antics of the emcee? Were they both hankering after the frosted piggy sugar cookies? Whatever the reason, neither of the Campers’ Paradise-sponsored piglets in this year’s Nevis Pig Races won, placed or showed.
But the crowd still cheered them on and had a blast doing it. Then the kids took over the race track’s infield and competed in hula-hoop and jump-rope contests. Spectators also took part in a live auction, raising money for local charities.
The eagles have landed again
After nesting elsewhere in 2012, the eagle pair is once again raising its two eaglets in the big pine at the back of site 58. Good viewing and photo spots are anywhere along the bay road heading to 58 and of course, from the lake.
The “kids” are as large as the parents, but won’t be flashing white heads and tails for another couple of years. Mom and Dad are still dishing up delicacies several times a day. We saw one parent zero in on a dead fish floating in Belle Taine, scoop it up in its talons and wing it back to the nest – much to the shrieking delight of the kids.
Watch for the parents – and now the kids – hanging out in the pines along with west and northwest shores of the Island. And if you're in the vicinity at 6:15 a.m., you won't be able to miss their shreiking to each other!
Is this a winner?
Thanks to everyone who entered the 2012 Photo Contest. The judges have their work cut out for them! Watch our web site for results.
Everything you want to know about Lake Belle Taine
Want to know more about Lake Belle Taine? Check out the Minnesota DNR's Lake Finder for info about our favorite lake from water clarity to lake maps to a fish survey to water levels.
Preserving our historic cabins
Our historic log camping cabins, built in the '20s by Finnish craftsmen, were in need of some exterior TLC to help preserve them. In 2011, the logs were "sandblasted" with corn cobs to remove any damaged wood. Those areas were then repaired. The spaces between the logs were "remortared" and a new coat of paint applied to the trim. Here's how they look all spruced up:
E-mail us your photos
Whether it’s a group shot from your first visit in 1972 or a picture of last year’s fish that didn’t get away, we’d love to share your photos on our Web site. Please e-mail us your favorite photos that capture the Campers’ Paradise experience, and we’ll post them in our gallery. For more info, click on Gallery.