Thursday, May 4, 2017
Island Lake Dam Recreation Area closed June 1-Dec. 31
Minnesota Power is replacing five gates at the Island Lake Main Dam as part of its continuing investment in Island Lake Reservoir. To ensure the safety of construction workers and the public, the Island Lake Dam Recreation Area will be closed between June 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, and again between June 1 and Dec. 31 in 2018. The closure includes all facilities at the area, including the boat launch, public beach, parking lots, canoe portage, and fishing pier that complies with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines.
Water levels not affected
The construction activity will not affect water levels at Island Lake Reservoir. Water levels are dependent on spring snowmelt and rains, and the gate replacement project will allow for normal reservoir operations to capture that runoff into the reservoir.
Alternate recreation sites
During construction, Minnesota Power encourages the public to use other recreation areas and boat launches it operates on Island Lake Reservoir:
- Abbott Road boat launch – Abbot Road.
- Hideaway boat launch and picnic area – 4172 Andler Road.
- Island Lake Park pavilion, picnic area and beach. – 7180 Rice Lake Road. The Island Lake Park facilities are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities.
Download a map
A map of Island Lake Reservoir and its recreation sites is available at http://www.boulderlake.org/documents/maps/Island Rec sites.pdf.
Five cast iron sluice gates at the Island Lake Main Dam are being replaced. The gates allow dam operators to control the discharge of water from the dam’s outlet structure. Original to the construction of the dam in 1914 and 1915, the gates are nearing the end of their service life.
Island Lake Reservoir is part of Minnesota Power’s hydroelectric system and provides water for wintertime energy generation at Minnesota Power’s downstream hydroelectric generating stations— Knife Falls, Scanlon, Thomson, and Fond du Lac. The reservoir also provides water regulation to help mitigate high downstream flows and water for recreational opportunities and aquatic habitat in the reservoir and downstream.
Please note: Minnesota Power will continue to bill you for your property taxes in April and September just as we have always done.
Minnesota Power is making some changes regarding the delivery of county tax statements. Starting this year, St. Louis County will mail all tax-related documentation regarding the lease lot directly to the mailing address we have on file. All of these notices are for informational purposes only; please do not pay St. Louis County. If you have questions regarding these notices or the valuations, contact your county assessor.
Minnesota Power does not keep copies of this information, so please keep your tax statements. You also can find tax information on county websites.
Paying your bill
We no longer are able to accept your payments in person at our ShoreLand Traditions office. Two drop boxes are located outside, one on each corner of the office building at 30 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802.
Or you can mail your payment directly to our office:
Minnesota Power/ALLETE, Inc.
Attn: ShoreLand Traditions
30 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
Construction and Earthwork Request Form (CERF)
Construction season is right around the corner. Contact the ShoreLand Traditions office early in your planning to start the paperwork/permit process for your project. The Construction and Earthwork Request Form (CERF) must be submitted and approved by Minnesota Power prior to applying for any county or township permits. This form is required for all construction work on your lease land, even if a county or township permit is not required.
Up-to-date water levels and flows, as well as information about the Island Lake Reservoir Technical Committee and Thomson Dam Recreational Release dates can be found here.