Big Star Lake 2020 Water Depth Map

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-BSLA Board-


1st Annual Poker Run
Join us for our first annual Poker Run!
Hi Everyone!

The Big Star Lake Association will be hosting our first ever Big Star Lake Poker Run on Saturday, August 7.  I have included the rules below to give you a better understanding of how the event works:

Rules for the Poker Run:

The Poker Run will begin at 2 p.m.

  • Boats will proceed around the lake, using your home as starting point, until you have located all 5 stops.
  • Each stop will be identified by balloons, decorations, etc. at the end of the dock.
  • Participants will draw a card at each stop and the host will mark the Tally Sheet.
  • No duplicate cards can be used.  Participants must draw an additional card if identical card is drawn.

(EXAMPLE:  If an Ace of Spades is picked at the second stop and an Ace of Spades is picked at the fourth stop, the participant must pick another card at the fourth stop).

  • If playing more than one hand, you must present the appropriate Poker Hand Tally Sheet to be marked BEFORE each card is drawn.
  • In the event of a tie, winning hand will be determined by cutting a deck of cards and drawing a card.  Highest card will determine winner between tied hands.
  • Participants will proceed to Tall Oaks Camp (by water) between 4 and 4:30 to turn in Tally Sheets.  You can motor close to shore and someone will collect your sheets.
  • Once you have turned in your Tally Sheets, please anchor close to shore.
  • Winners will be announced shortly after 4:30 p.m.  There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  In addition, the 50/50 winner will be announced and several other prizes awarded using the 50/50 tickets.  The more 50/50 tickets you buy, the better your chances!

I will be outside of Mr. Bibs the following days/times registering people for the poker run.  The cost is $10 per hand.  Each participant can purchase more than one hand.

Saturday, July 24       9-10 a.m. and 7-8 p.m.
Sunday, July25          9-10 a.m.
Saturday, July 31       9-10 a.m. and 7-8 p.m.
Sunday, August 1      9-10 a.m.
Thursday, August 5   7-8 p.m.
Friday, August 6        7-8 p.m.

Please contact sharon.vandyken@wmich.edu if you are unable to sign up at these times and would like to participate, or if you have any questions.

​ We hope to see you on August 7!

Sharon VanDyken
BSLA Board Member

Big Star Lake Association 2021 Schedule of Events:

Road Clean Up 

  • Spring:  May 17 – 24, 2021
  • Fall:  September 6 – 13, 2021

Annual Meeting:

  • BSLA Annual Meeting – Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 9:30 amLocation:  Chapel [outdoors in the parking area so bring a chair]Start time:  9:30 am sharp

Annual Fishing Contest

  • May 31, 2021 [Memorial Day – start]
  • September 6, 2021 [Labor Day –end]


  • Saturday, July 3, 2021 [Dusk]
  • Rain Date – Saturday, July 10, 2021 [Dusk]

Summer Concert

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021
  • 7:30 – 10 pm
  • Odd Fellow & Rebekah Tall Oaks Camp
  • Bigger Sound System
  • Starts when No-Wake hours begin

First Annual Poker Run

  • Saturday, August 7, 2021

Road Run

  • Saturday, September 4, 2021

What Is Big Star Lake

Welcome to Big Star Lake, a 912 acre all sports-lake nestled in the beautiful Manistee National Forest in Northern Michigan.  Big Star Lake features something for everybody.  From listening to the call of the loons on a quiet morning, plying the pristine waters in search of a multitude of sport fish, or all types of water sports activities.

The BSLA is pleased to welcome you to Big Star Lake and we hope you get your feet wet.

Between mom and son we have nearly a century, 95 years to be exact, of going to BSL every summer weekend! My mother calls it heaven on earth.

Adam R.

It is beautiful and has a nice sandy bottom. Great for skiing. fishing, paddle boarding. and swimming of course. Large enough for many to play. Great sunsets too. Relaxing.

Pamela L.

A beautiful area with much to offer anyone.

Bryan S.
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Upcoming Events

Poker Run

August 7

Road Run

September 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Annual Road Clean-Up (Fall)

September 6 @ 8:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm

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