Work on King’s Island in Anoka likely to start this fall

Anoka will go out for bids on a project at King’s Island that will drastically improve access by boat.

The channel will be cleared and dredged to allow water access around King’s Island. Photo courtesy of the city of Anoka

The channel will be cleared and dredged to allow water access around King’s Island. Photo courtesy of the city of Anoka

The island on the Mississippi River is located near the border with Ramsey.

The King’s Island restoration project includes the excavation of 4,800 feet of channel to restore depth and pools for fish spawning, along with trash and junk removal and invasive species treatment, according to Greg Lee, public services director and city engineer.

The channel will be 20 feet wide and three feet deep, according to Lee.

Downed trees will also be removed and the slope of the channel will be stabilized and revegetated with native seed and native shrubs.

Two land bridges, used for gravel mining equipment to access the island in the 1960s, will also be removed.

Those bridges, impede the flow of water and fish. Once removed, canoes, small boats or kayaks will be able to travel the length of the oxbow.

New bridges for pedestrian access to the island will be built that will allow for boats (and fish) to pass underneath as part of a pedestrian trail project that has already been approved.

In 2011 the city received a $209,450 Conservation Partners Legacy grant. The remainder of the $344,000 project will be paid for by the city of Anoka park improvement fund.

The Anoka City Council will accept the bids Nov. 18 and likely award a construction contract at that time.

Work will begin in December.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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