Star Lake Property Owners' Association

Star Lake is located in Otter Tail County just west of Dent, Minnesota. Click the button below to see our location.

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A Lake Gets a Name

Sign at public access on Minnesota State Highway 108It is easy to assume that Star Lake gets its name from the kind of star you would find in the sky. However, surveyors, first appearing in 1858, named Star Lake after the starfish. This name celebrated the branches of the lake. Most likely those surveyors never saw a real starfish, which has five rays, as Star Lake has only three!

Local legends describe another way Star Lake became so named. According to one local legend, a group of American Indians, who fished this area prior to European settlement, saw a meteor fall and crash into the lake. The impact of this "falling star" is said to be the source of the deep pool on the north arm of the lake.

Attracting People for Hundreds of Years

Archaeologists discovered evidence that American Indians visited the shores of Star Lake several hundred years before Minnesota became a state in 1858. This discovery, a small flake from a tool made of rock, known as Knife River Flint, was important as it comes only from Western North Dakota. How did the flake get here? Did someone walk to North Dakota to get it or trade for it?

Among the first wave of Europeans to enter the area and live on the shores of Star Lake were Newton Jenne and his wife Sarah Durant. They moved from Owatonna, Minnesota in 1877, travelling a distance of 260 miles. By horse drawn covered wagon their journey took two weeks; by car it takes 4 1/2 hours.

Source: Minnesota DNR Sign at Hwy 108 public access (click on image for larger view)

 

Special Announcement

SLPOA Gun Raffle

$20 tickets for a chance at eight guns!

DRAWING AT SLPOA FUNDRAISING GATHERING - FRIDAY, MAY 12TH!!

DENT COMMUNITY CENTER, DENT, MN

DOORS OPEN AT 6 - PICNIC STYLE LUNCH SERVED FREE TO MEMBERS

NEED NOT BE A SLPOA MEMBER TO ATTEND!

MORE DONATION PRIZES AND FUND RAISING GAMES AT GATHERING

RAFFLE WINNERS NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN & CASH OPTION AVAILABLE!

CONTACT ANY DIRECTOR FOR A TICKET

Link to Prize Photos (updated 4/3/17)

 

SLPOA News

 

» 2017 SLPOA Spring Newsletter (posted April 19)

» April 5th was Star Lake ICE OUT!

» Adopt-a-Hwy: April 29 at 10:00am; meet in Galaxy Resort parking lot.

» SLPOA Board Mtg May 9 at 6:30pm at Dent Community Ctr

» SLPOA Gun Raffle, May 12th, Dent Community Center, 6pm start. See Special Announcement below.

» Annual Meeting June 24th at Camp Joy; breakfast will be served at 9am with meeting to follow.

» KVRR Local News (02/27/17): Done Deal? The Star Lake Casino Project by Jason Cerjak

» InForum (02/08/17):  Opponents say Star Lake Casino is far from a done deal.

» DL-Online (02/01/17):  Letter: White Earth should shoot down plans for Star Lake Casino.

» FF Daily Journal (01/29/17):  Letter: Star Lake Casino project a bad idea.

» SLCCG Update (01/27/17):
Press Release

» See Casino page for SLPOA statement (10/29/2016).

» SLPOA page with latest info on
Star Lake Casino.

» DNR News Releases

» DNR Permitted Lake Service Providers