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Deb Griffith, head park ranger at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground in Crosslake, discusses the history of the Pine River Dam and how water levels are regulated in the Whitefish Chain on Wednesday, July 9. Griffith was the presenter at the monthly Chautauqua forum held at the Crosslake Community Center. Photo by Chelsey Perkins

Pine River Dam central to Whitefish Chain


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) campground in Crosslake serves an average of more than 40,000 campers per year at its 118 campsites, providing access to the Whitefish Chain and featuring boat ramps, playgrounds, picnic shelters and fishing docks.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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