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City of Devils Lake Awarded $361,728 from ND Industrial Commission for Shore Fishing Project

Devils Lake, ND – The City of Devils Lake has been awarded $361,728 from the ND Industrial Commission through the Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant Program for fishing access improvements for elderly and physically impaired anglers. The funds will go towards installation of access ramps and stairs to fishing piers while enhancing existing facilities and creating new fishing access points.

Mike Grafsgaard, City of Devils Lake Engineer; Suzie Kenner, Director of Tourism for the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce; and Terry Wallace, Director for the Devils Lake Park Board presented to the Outdoor Heritage Fund on June 3rd.

“The City of Devils Lake and local sponsors have understood the need for accessible fishing locations for some time.  Funding through the Heritage Fund and strong support from the Devils Lake City Commission will now make it possible”.  Kenner stated. “I am excited for this project on Devils Lake. It will give many fishing opportunities to those that may not have been able to fish before.”

Dick Johnson, the Mayor of Devils Lake stated, “We are excited to support this much needed project on Devils Lake. We’ve fought the fight on flooding for many years and now that we have flood protection in place to protect the city it’s nice to improve upon our shoreline to provide shore fishing access to those that need it.”

Devils Lake’s shoreline is mostly rip-rap (large boulders) that makes it very difficult to access the shoreline with your gear to fish. This project will provide access for elderly and physically challenged anglers, who love to fish and enjoy the outdoors, but have limited access to the water due to the rip-rap and steep banks.  Challenges of the project include wave action, lake level fluctuations and winter ice.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $610,765. Kenner stated, “The community has really stepped up and gotten behind this project and we cannot thank them enough. Without their help and support we wouldn’t have been able to get the funding through the Outdoor Heritage Fund and find some options to improve our shoreline fishing.” In addition to the $361,728 provided by the Heritage Fund is funding from local sponsors:

City of Devils Lake…………………………………..up to $100,000
City of Devils Lake……………………….. In-kind work up to 60,000
ND Game and Fish…………………………………………….45,000
Lake Region Anglers Association……………………………….10,000
Devils Lake Chamber – Tourism Division………………………… 5,000
Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board…………………… 5,000
Devils Lake Access Committee…………………………………. 1,000
Lake Region Sportsmen…………………………………………..500
VFW Post 756…………………………………………………..500
Ramsey County Water Board…………………………………….. Land

The three locations that will receive ramps, stairs and pier access will be Channel A, Henegar Landing and the East Ditch Recreation Area. You will be able to find complete details of the project, along with project updates at www.devilslakend.com under the tourism tab.

The plan is for the City of Devils Lake to lead this project with engineering and administration and the Devils Lake Access Committee will manage the facilities and take care of maintenance when the project is complete. Parking will be marked accordingly and signage will be placed at all three locations. As of now, the plan is to sign the piers for use priority, with those that are mobility impaired and elderly having top priority for use of the piers.

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