Casey Lake Park gets new fishing pier

City staff and volunteers transport the first segment of the new Casey Lake fishing pier to the shoreline on June 23. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
City staff and volunteers transport the first segment of the new Casey Lake fishing pier to the shoreline on June 23. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
At left, youth volunteer Ba Tha, 21, says he’s like to go fishing on the new dock he helped build at Casey Lake. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
At left, youth volunteer Ba Tha, 21, says he’s like to go fishing on the new dock he helped build at Casey Lake. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

Those looking to fish on Casey Lake, or simply get a closer look at the wildlife, are encouraged to check out the new fishing pier at Casey Lake Park.

Volunteers and North St. Paul city staff began constructing the dock June 22. Rainy weather forced them into the public works facility to assemble the pieces, but they were able to haul parts out to the lake the next day to finish construction in the water.

The project was a collaborative effort between the city of North St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District and YouthBuild International.

The city of North St. Paul contributed $2,000 to cover the cost of lumber. The DNR provided about $5,000 to cover the cost of all other materials needed to construct the floating dock. St. Paul students enrolled in Guadalupe Alternative Programs helped build and install the dock.

Under the leadership of North St. Paul resident Tony Zahradka, some of these same students helped build Janie's Playground at Casey Lake Park last year.

Zahradka says it's been a very positive experience for the youth volunteers and he hopes park goes will utilize the new amenity.

T.J. DeBates, DNR supervisor for east metro fisheries, says the lake is stocked with pan fish such as bluegills and sunfish. In order to help keep the fish alive through winter, the lake is aerated.

He hopes the new dock will encourage more people to fish, noting the added distance from shore will help them cast beyond the vegetation line. Dock project like this are supported by the DNR's Fishing in the Neighborhood program. 

"The whole goal is to provide angling opportunities in smaller bodies of water," he said. "A lot of folks may not have a cabin up north or a boat ... but it still provides an opportunity for anybody to go out and catch fish."

— Erin Hinrichs

 

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