SPRINGFIELD - Brown County commissioners toured county parks and a number of county roads Friday on their annual summer tour.
Historic, 140-acre Lake Hanska County Park was on the tour. The campground available for use year around offers level campsites with electricity, showers, a sanitary dump and firewood for sale.
Historic park highlights include a log cabin built in 1857 by the Omsrud/Thordson and Torgrimson families from Valdres, Norway; an old fort site, interpretive signs, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public lake access, fishing pier, recently improved playground, sand beach and several picnic areas. Three picnic sites can be reserved at a nominal fee, for family or large group gatherings.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Brown County commissioners and highway department employees look at a front-end loader Friday at the county highway department garage in Springfield during a park and road tour Friday. The loader is used to load salt, sand, seal coat chips and snow.
A lake restoration project completed in 2000 removed 4,816,375 cubic yards of lake sediment, deepening most of the lake southwest and northwest of the park to an average 12-foot water depth. Park kiosks provide historic and current information to park visitors.
Log Dog & Fox Hunters Park, a day use park about five miles south of New Ulm, offers 360 feet of lake frontage with a dock for easy shore fishing, two picnic shelters, sand volleyball, a playground and a DNR public water access on adjacent property for boat launching.
Mound Creek County Park, a day use park located at the Wellner-Hageman Flood Control Dam in the southwestern corner of the county, features a disc golf course, two picnic shelters, beach, playground, boat launch, fishing, sand volleyball, picnic area waterfall, and 70-acre reservoir with good canoeing opportunities.
Treml County Park, a day use park, just west of County Road 8, south of Leavenworth, offers more than 4,000 feet of shoreline on the east side of Altermatt Lake, a picnic shelter, shore fishing, playground and hiking trails.
Commissioners also toured a big project for Comfrey. Brown County Highway Engineer Wayne Stevens said paving was recently completed in Comfrey as part of a $4.3 million project to restore all 10.8 miles of former State Highway 258 from U.S. Highway 14 south to Comfrey.
The road became County Road 16 last April. The highway turn back project included grading, storm sewer and surface work in Comfrey and cold in-place recycle, overlay and aggregate shoulder work in rural areas.
The City of Comfrey built water main and and sanitary sewer work using city funds as part of the contract.
Riding in a Heartland Express bus, commissioners cruised County Road 10, at the north edge of the county, near the south shore of the Minnesota River from the west end of the county east towards New Ulm.
Brown County maintains four canoe access sites to the Cottonwood River and Flandrau State Park. Canoe access sites are Jeuenemann Landing on County Road 2 in the western end of the county, Marti Landing on CR 10 east of Sleepy Eye, Thedens Landing on CR 24 west of New Ulm, and on CR 11, several miles south of Essig. Each access point includes vehicle parking areas.
For more information, visit www.co.brown.mn.us/ canoe-landing-home
Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org