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Currently the KLCA navigation network consists of 27 markers in total (14 on the main lake and 13 in Minden Bay / White Trout Narrows). There are six Night Navigation Lights in total (1 red, 1 green, 1 white on the main lake and 2 red, 1 green in Minden Bay).

Navigation on Kawagama and Bear Lake continues to be a team effort that includes:

1. Volunteers who have adopted markers located near their cottage 

2. Prospective volunteers

3. Boaters who report malfunctioning lights or out of position markers 

4. The KLCA. 

1. Volunteers who have adopted markers near their cottage

The KLCA would like to thank John Bowering, Eric Doetsch, Don Early, Scott Holladay, Jim Kaufman (and his extended family), Paul Lucas, Bruce Macpherson, Bruce Norman and Steve Ulbanis for their support.

2. Prospective volunteers

The “adopt a marker” program operates on a “one cottage, one marker” principle.  The idea is simple: if a marker is close to your cottage, you ensure it stays in place and take care of it throughout the season.  This program has created an entire community around the lake that helps look after one another, ensuring the network is in place and all boaters stay safe.

If you are interested and willing to be a part of a team that benefits all cottagers on the lake, please email the KLCA at to express your interest and we will contact you with details of the easy steps for setting or pulling these markers each spring and fall. 

3. Boaters reporting lights out, out of position markers or immediate hazards

Please send an email to and our Navigation Chair will address the issue as soon as possible.  Potential issues include the following:

• Marker lights out

• Markers missing

• Drifting sand moving markers, requiring re-location


The KLCA and its navigation director are responsible for sourcing and maintaining the navigation network.  We will respond to requests from our volunteers or boaters reporting lights out, out of position markers or immediate hazards.

Looking forward to a sunny, safe and memory-filled summer on Kawagama and Bear Lakes!   

Safe boating!

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