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Big Cormorant west access closed July 8-Aug. 21 for improvements

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is temporarily closing the Big Cormorant public water access site, located on the west shore of Big Cormorant Lake, to improve the site. The access is located at Cormorant Lake Village along County Road 5.

The access will be closed July 8-Aug. 21.

Improvements include reconfiguring and paving a parking lot to add more spaces, building a new ramp, creating two stormwater retention ponds, and re-vegetating slopes. Central Specialties Inc. won the bid to do the work.

"This facility is the primary access site to Big Cormorant Lake for both summer and winter fishing," said Dave Schotzko, DNR Parks and Trails area supervisor. "These new improvements will provide much-needed parking to help meet the fishing demands on this lake now and in to the future."

During the six-week closure, fishermen and boaters are directed to the DNR's public water access at the north end of Big Cormorant Lake. Because this alternate site has minimal parking, the DNR recommends that it be used for boat launching and retrieval only.

For questions about this project or other public water access issues, contact the DNR Bemidji Area Parks and Trails office at 218-308-2372.