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Tomahawk Lake Park Project

Shelter under construction - December, 2018
Shelter under construction - December, 2018

The Town's Comprehensive Land Use Plan included recommendations to expand Tomahawk Lake Park. The Town applied for a grant and in 2017 received a $50,000 DNR Stewardship Grant to implement the project. Stewardship Grants require a 50% match from the grant applicant. The long-range vision includes growing the capacity of a Friends group to take on volunteer responsibility for the trail and facilities.

  1. Enhance year-round recreational opportunities.
  2. Strengthen partnerships and inter-government cooperation by working with local community groups and Bayfield County.
  3. Increase tourism and community pride in the park.

Partners & Activities
Several partners like Bayfield County, the Eau Claire Lakes Conservation Club, and a handful of Friends of Tomahawk Lake Park founders have already laid the foundation, including contributing some cash and volunteer match, for the following core activities of the grant project:

  1. Expand the distance and width of the non-motorized recreational trail to allow for skate skiing, snowshoeing, and more space for folks to recreate year-round. The current trail accommodates only classic skiers and is too narrow for most people to hike and mountain bike side-by side. A portion of classic-only trail will remain to minimize recreational conflict, and approximately 5km of additional trail will be expanded into Bayfield County land.
  2. Construct a multi-purpose, year-round park facility to serve as a warming hut, changing building, and safety shelter that is available for community events. The facility will be located between the parking lot and playground and picnic pad, have electricity, a well with outdoor water source, and wood heat.
  3. Create an interpretive nature trail highlighting local history, including the St. Croix Trail and a nearby logging camp, and animals and their habitats. The signs will be dualpurpose serving as navigation markers, as well as educational tools, and be located at each trail head and connector and near or inside the facility.
  4. Improve fishing habitat and angling opportunities with fish sticks and a fishing pier south of the boat landing in the small bay. Trees harvested on town land for the ski trail expansion will be repurposed as fish sticks clusters in the bay, and a fishing pier will be placed in the center so anglers can cast into them.

More Information/Contact
Pamela Toshner
Call: (See phone directory for number.)
Email: [email protected]

Additional Resources

Power Point Presentation on May 16, 2017

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