Abbott Road public water access on Island Lake to be temporarily closed for upgrades

The Abbott Road public water access on Island Lake north of Duluth will be temporarily closed from Oct. 2 through late November while upgrades are made to the site. This is an updated construction schedule. The project will include improvements to the boat ramp and parking area, space for aquatic invasive species treatment, and storm water management.

The Dam Site public water access on Island Lake is also closed this season due to a Minnesota Power hydro improvement project at the Island Lake Dam. Boaters are encouraged to use the Hideaway public water access on the northeast side of the lake which will be the only public water access open during the fall construction season.

Boaters who frequent the west side of the lake are urged to exercise caution at the causeway bridge on County Road 4. If current high water levels persist, larger boats may not be able to navigate under the bridge. Boaters who dock their watercraft on the west side of the lake should be aware that high water could limit their navigation to a public water access and make it difficult to remove larger boats from the water this fall.

“Doing this project now has allowed us to take advantage of federal funding for the improvements while ensuring the reconstructed access is completed and ready for next spring,” said DNR Parks and Trails supervisor Kevin Johnson. “People who keep larger boats docked on the west side of the lake may need to take their boats out of the water early this year, or make arrangements with a private access owner so they can remove their boats before late fall.”

The Abbott Road access will be signed during the closure and boaters are asked to avoid the construction area.

For a map showing the Abbott Road and Dam Site public water accesses on Island Lake, visit the online LakeFinder at Questions about the Abbott Road public water access project can be directed to Kevin Johnson at the DNR’s Two Harbors area parks and trails office, 218-834-1431.