New fishing pier is in at Battle Point Park on Lake OsakisA new fishing pier is the newest of several improvements and additions to Battle Point Park near Osakis.
By: Amy Chaffins, The Osakis Review
A new fishing pier is the newest of several improvements and additions to Battle Point Park near Osakis.
Battle Point Park is located on the north end of Lake Osakis and it’s the only county park in Todd County.
The Todd County Park and Trails board led an effort on May 7 to assemble and install a fishing pier at Battle Point Park.
The pier is in place on the north side of the point and anglers and lake-lookers are already using it.
On May 7, volunteers from several organizations were at the park putting the pier in place – Osakis Sportsmen’s Club, Todd County Sentenced to Serve (STS), Todd County Park and Trails Board, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, plus many park neighbors who donated time and equipment.
The pier is new to Battle Point Park, but it once served Lake Charlotte in Long Prairie.
The pier’s frame was donated and the county’s STS crew spent much of the winter putting new wood on the frame.
Lee Christopherson, Todd County Park and Trails board member, said a new pier like this one would likely cost about $20,000, but by recycling the old frame, adding new wood and benefiting from many, man volunteer hours, the new pier will only cost about $7,000. DNR grants are helping offset the cost.
The pier will be handicapped accessible; eventually, the park board intends to build a paver path from the parking lot to the pier.
Last summer, a picnic shelter was built at the park and the park’s trail has been improved, as well. Volunteers and STS crews have spent many hours clearing brush and improving the view of Lake Osakis. There are reportedly plans for fix up the restrooms, create walk-in campsites and boost electricity to the picnic shelter.
“The park is a beautiful place – it’s a gem,” Christopherson said.