DNR, City of Coleraine to Upgrade Boat Landings on Trout Lake

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the city of Coleraine are working together this summer on major upgrades to two city boat access sites on Trout Lake – one in Cotton Park and one in Long Year Park.

Work has begun on the site in Long Year Park (near the hockey rink). Improvements include parking lot graveling and upgrading and a new launch ramp and dock. Once the improvements are completed at Long Year Park, the reconstruction of the Cotton Park site (near the fire hall) will begin (estimated mid-June to late July).

The construction at Cotton Park will take approximately four to six weeks and will necessitate temporary closure of that facility, said DNR Trails and Waterways Area Supervisor Bob Moore. Anglers are encouraged to use the new site in Long Year Park or the existing access near Kom-on-in-Beach.

The project is a result of ongoing Coleraine community planning efforts and recognition of the need for improved boating facilities.

The projects will also incorporate lakeshore restoration on Trout Lake and enhanced protection in areas adjacent to the launch sites. The contractor for both upgrades is Hawkinson Construction of Grand Rapids.