Minnesota Campground Expansion Plans Aired
Plans for a 34-site expansion for the publicly owned Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors, Minn., were discussed at a public meeting Tuesday (Dec. 2) in Two Harbors. The project could take two years to complete, according to the Lake County News Chronicle, Two Harbors.
Those in attendance seemed in favor of the plan, as explained by Chris Rousseau, vice president of MSA Professional Services. Only one person spoke about keeping the area green space.
In response to that, public works director Tom Gelineau noted that the area “has been barren dump land for a lot of years. This way, it can generate money for the city.”
The land will be divided into three tiers, each one about 12 feet higher than the one in front of it, so that all campers will have an unobstructed view of Lake Superior.
Amenities would include sanitary sewer/water/electrical service hook-ups, picnic tables and campfire rings. The concept includes planning for handicap accessibility requirements.
The Skunk Creek area will remain “green,” and the site will use bio-retention ponds to handle storm water. Those are not standing ponds, but are areas with special fill, planted with both wetland and drought resistant plants, so that storm water is absorbed quickly. This is being done for the safety of campers’ children.
It will include a shower/bathhouse, two gazebos, two horseshoe pits, and open areas for recreation. Most trees planted there will be along the edges – again, to keep the view to the lake clear.
Amy Church, who manages the current campground with husband Mark Klug, said she sees the expanded campground as a good compromise between “what was there, and what development could have gone in.”
The lower portion of the expansion area is already used for overflow from the current campground, where many people are turned away each day. That lower portion will not be occupied during the annual Kayak Festival in August.
Since the plans are in the very early stages, with many loose ends still to be tied up, cost estimates were not available. The planning was paid for by the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program.