Army Corps campsites at Sandy Lake near McGregor closed for 2021 season
The recreation area will remain accessible via the south entrance for day use. The north entrance will be closed until construction is completed.
ST. PAUL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will close its campsites at Sandy Lake Recreation Area near McGregor through the 2021 recreation season due to construction activities related to the Sandy Lake Dam rehabilitation.
The north entrance will be closed until construction is completed.
The recreation area will remain accessible via the south entrance for day use.
The following will remain open for day use until 10 p.m. daily:
- Public restrooms
- Public beach
- Boat launch onto Big Sandy Lake and the Sandy River
- Shoreline and dock fishing (some areas may be closed for safety)
- Beach playground and picnic facilities
Please note that there will be construction noise throughout the day beginning at 7 a.m. Be prepared for parking lot limitations. There is overflow parking across from the beach.
Construction rehabilitation activities for this 125-year-old structure will include replacing the deteriorating concrete wall in the lock chamber with removable steel panels, installation of a new mechanically-operated slide gate in the log sluice, replacement of the six existing slide gates, concrete repairs along the upstream face of the dam and various electrical updates to modernize operations and support mechanical operation of the six slide gates and log sluice gate. The rehabilitation will ensure the preservation and safe operation of this water control structure now and in the future.