County proposes new fishing pier at Chub Lake
If all goes well, Chub Lake Park in rural Carlton may have a brand new fishing pier in place by next summer.
At the Monday meeting of the Carlton County Board, commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to apply for state funding for a $46,000 fishing pier at the Chub Lake facility. The county share of the project would amount to some $11,000, mostly in in-kind services, with the Department of Natural Resources supplying approximately $35,000.
According to Carlton County Economic Development Director Connie Christenson, who helped write the grant proposal along with Facilities Supervisor Monty Lundberg, the county was mandated to remove the previous fishing pier at the park in 2007 after it was deemed to be a potential safety hazard due to the fact it was located right next to the public boat landing area.
“There was concern that this could be problematic, with multiple fishing lines in the water at the same time as motorized boats were navigating in and out of Chub Lake,” explained Christenson.
Since the fishing pier had been well-used by the public, its loss was felt by many.
“Since the date of that removal, county residents and park attendees have been clamoring for a replacement fishing pier to accommodate those users who do not have the luxury of a personal fishing boat,” said Christenson. “Fishing aficionados run the gamut from the very young…to seasoned seniors. Many of our park users are also mobility challenged.”
As a result, the county decided to propose a partnership with the DNR Pier Program to build a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, to be located to the far right of the park’s sandy swimming beach — a full 440 feet down the shoreline from the public boat landing. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-approved structure would be made of aluminum and wood and would be five feet wide by 84 feet long.
“The previously used fishing pier was too narrow and did not meet ADA dimension requirements and was therefore not available for repurposing,” said Christenson.
The intention would be for the pier to be rolled out in the water in the spring once the ice has left Chub Lake and brought back in to shore by mid-October.
Also as part of the proposed project, current gravel pathways would be improved to allow safe ADA access to the entire park, making it possible for wheeled transports to navigate between the park’s upper and lower activity areas.
Following Monday’s Board action on the project, Christenson said the proposal was immediately submitted to the DNR and she indicated that it was well received and put on the “fast track” for final action.
If the state grant funding comes through for the project, the plan is to begin construction activities immediately upon notification, hopefully before this year’s first snowfall, said Christenson.
Chub Lake Park and Recreation Area is the only recreational property owned and operated by Carlton County and has been in place since 1971. The multi-use park is located on the north end of 311-acre Chub Lake, in the central area of Twin Lakes Township. It includes a sandy beach swimming area, a state-owned public boat access, a regulation-size baseball field, three Little League fields, playground equipment and open and covered picnic sites.