Fire tower in Pequot lakes to temporarily close starting May 2

The closure is expected to last through May 13 as a trail from the picnic shelter to the fire tower is prepared to be paved

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PEQUOT LAKES — Starting Monday, May 2, the Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower Park will be temporarily closed while crews from Anderson Brothers Construction work to create a paved trail from the picnic shelter up to the fire tower.

The closure is expected to last through May 13. The site preparation and grading work will be completed during this time.

There will be one additional day between May 16 and May 27 where the park will need to be closed during the actual trail paving process.

Anderson Brothers Construction will block off and close the entrance to the park during the construction periods.

“This new paved trail will greatly improve the ease of navigation within the park. We want to be proactive in communicating the construction plans to park users to help them plan their upcoming visits accordingly," Ryan Simonson, Crow Wing County Environmental Services supervisor, said in a news release.


The park already has a vaulted toilet that complies with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, a large picnic shelter and many interpretive signs along 1.1 miles of walking trails consisting of multiple loops.

The historic fire tower was built in 1935 and remains in excellent condition today. The site has been transformed into a natural and man-made habitat - a place of recreation, reflection and community to be enjoyed by families, residents and future generations.

The Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower Park is located at 5230 County Road 11, Pequot Lakes, approximately one mile east of downtown Pequot Lakes.

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