Barker's Island Beach Restoration Project
The Barker’s Island Inner Beach is 6.74 acres of public recreational area owned by the City of Superior. It is made up of 1,400 feet of Lake Superior shoreline access located near public boat launches and the marina.
This beach restoration project is a collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR, City of Superior and Area of Concern partners. The project has been designed to reduce levels of e. coli bacteria by optimizing the beach characteristics, managing runoff, enhancing wetland areas and deterring wildlife. Other improvements will include additional parking, a raised boardwalk and restroom facilities.
The beach has been routinely sampled for E. coli, during the beach season over the past decade and data suggest that a number of E. coli sources influence the water quality at the beach. Restoration of the beach and recreational area is needed to mitigate potential E. coli sources and contribute to beneficial use impairment (BUI) removal. This restoration is also listed as a project in the St. Louis River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan, item 7.04. A number of potential pathogen sources have been identified including: storm water runoff, waterfowl and gulls, trash and debris, and pets.
The project will utilize low impact design principals and green infrastructure to achieve greater infiltration and storm water treatment at the recreation area. Approximately 1,750 feet of pedestrian trail will be replaced with a raised boardwalk to maximize the ecological aspect of the area to improve water quality.
Here is a great conceptual video highlighting the project!
Construction began on August 29th, 2018. Please plan your visit accordingly and be aware that not all areas of the beach may be accessible during the project. We would appreciate your cooperation in respecting the contractors on site and avoid any areas that they are working on.
A long-term monitoring and maintenance plan has been developed for the beach. This plan emphasizes the important steps to keeping the beach clean and open for recreation. The City will maintain the area by protecting plantings, deterring waterfowl, and routine sand grooming. It is important that users of the park stay on designated paths and follow all rules including NO feeding of wildlife and putting all trash in trash receptacles. The area will continue to be monitored for e. coli levels.
The first public meeting regarding the project was held on January 24, 2018. The second and final public meeting was held on April 25, 2018. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.
Additional information about Areas of Concern (or AOCs)
Harbors and waterways are being cleaned up around the nation. Learn how an Area Of Concern transforms and get involved locally by clicking HERE
Here is a video made by the Wisconsin DNR, entitled AOC 101 Wisconsin.