Kadunce Creek habitat improvements to begin, trail spur closed

The Kadunce River State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Grand Marais, Minnesota will be partially closed for three to four weeks beginning in mid-August while a habitat improvement project takes place in Kadunce Creek.

During the construction, visitors may still park at the site and use the picnic tables, but the access spur to the Superior Hiking Trail will be closed and visitors are asked to avoid the construction area. Persons wanting to access the Superior Hiking Trail can do so at the access point at County Road 14; about two miles northeast of the Kadunce River.

The project involves restoring, maintaining and updating habitat improvements installed in the lower 0.3 miles of the stream. Work will maintain high-quality habitat for juvenile steelhead and resident brook trout, and maintain fishing opportunities and sites for anglers using the stream during the open-water months. The habitat work is funded by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund, and is being led by Trout Unlimited with technical assistance and design support by DNR Fisheries.

The Kadunce River State Wayside is one of five state waysides along the North Shore that are managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). These waysides are generally parcels of land too small to be full-fledged state parks, but with cultural or natural resources that exceed most highway waysides and rest areas.

Questions about the Kadunce River State Wayside project can be directed to Christa Maxwell at the DNR’s Two Harbors area parks and trails office at 218-834-1429.