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Barkers Island Beach Restoration Project Completed

modern waste can next to boardwalk on beach
Americans with Disabilities Act access to the beach and water and a garbage, recycling and pet waste station at Barkers Island Beach Restoration, Superior, Wisc.

(July 30, 2019) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the City of Superior have completed a beach restoration project through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at Barkers Island Beach in Superior, Wisc.

The Barkers Island Beach had high bacteria levels that led to frequent swimming advisories and beach closures. A restoration project has been implemented to reduce beach closures as part of the “Beach closings” Beneficial Use Impairment for the St. Louis River Area of Concern. 

Project features include:

  • Shoreline vegetation to deter waterfowl and gulls from using the area
  • Vegetated swales
  • Pervious parking
  • Tree and shrub plantings and wetland enhancements to reduce the storm water runoff
  • The addition of beach sand for proper beach slope
  • An elevated boardwalk
  • Additional trash and bathroom facilities

WDNR and Superior showed off the recently completed project as part of the annual Lake Superior Day event hosted by the National Estuarine Research Reserve.