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Burlington Bay Campground nears completion

Workers are nearing completion of the $1.25 million Burlington Bay Campground expansion. The grand opening is slated for spring 2014. Photo by Claire Hoffert.1 / 2
The campground expansion will offer a beautiful view of Lake Superior. Photo by Claire Hoffert.2 / 2

An expansion to the Burlington Bay Campground in Two Harbors is under construction.

Set to open this fall, construction has been in progress since May.

"It's going along pretty smoothly," said City Councilor Seth McDonald, a Two Harbors. "It's close to completion and there haven't been any major issues."

Adding 36 Class A motorhome sites, the expansion will include state-of-the-art facilities and a three tier layout. The city plans to put in another bath house next year, along with more primitive camping areas.

"We're shooting for a soft opening in September," said Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen. "We'll have the grand opening in the spring."

According to Bolen, one of the campground's most appealing features is its view of Lake Superior.

"It will be an attractive facility for visitors and the community alike," Bolen said, "It's a huge opportunity for our city."

Although the project is expected to be completed soon, there's still work to be done and a firm opening date has not been set.

"We have to complete the punch list," McDonald said. "The soft opening in the fall is not determined, yet."

The $1.25 million addition was funded with an IRRRB grant and State of Minnesota bonding money. No funding from the city's general fund was necessary for the project.

"We're utilizing an asset that's sat dormant for many years," Bolen said, "That allows us, in the long term, to directly help out our funds."

Currently, the campground boasts 66 sites with water and electric hookups, 36 with water electric, and sewer hook-ups, and 10 primitive tent sites.