The Lake Lizzie boat landing reconstruction is one of the most extensive public access projects ever in the Fergus Falls DNR region.
“Humungous” is how it was described by Shawn Donais, area parks and trails supervisor, who offered an update recently.
A big part of the project was the realignment of the road, which alone was about $300,000. The road work was mostly completed last year, noted Donais. The site had a steep hill which made the landing nearly unaccessible in the winter, and boat-trailer stalls were limited to just a few–but the new layout should accommodate more than 20 rigs, he noted.
Bids are expected to be opened this week for the final work.
The access, the only one on Lizzie, will be closed completely during construction–which will begin July 8 and is hoped to be completed prior to Labor Day weekend. Construction start was intentionally delayed until after the July 4th weekend.
Unlike some public boat access projects, the Lizzie redesign has been met with positive response, said Donais.
“Everybody we’ve been in contact with says that this has been needed for a long time,” said Donais. People are willing to accept “nine weeks of pain (with the construction) in exchange for a 25-year solution, he said.
“The people have been dealing with this access forever and ever, and it was getting to the point it was almost unusable in the winter,” said Donais. The DNR acquired land almost a decade ago, and the project has been awaiting funding.
The access will be completely modern, with a cleaning station to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. It will be handicapped accessible, and with stormwater holding capacity to prevent runoff into the lake.