Final round of work starts on Kingsbury Bay, Grassy Point restoration

Small section of waterfront trail will be closed for two weeks.

File: Kingsbury Creek
Two Canada geese swim across the mouth of Kingsbury Creek on May 18, 2017. Restoration efforts at the site include removal of 165,000 cubic yards of sediment from Kingsbury Bay, with the last phase of the project set for this summer. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)

The final round of restoration work is underway on the $18 million Kingsbury Bay-Grassy Point project on the St. Louis River in western Duluth that began in 2019.

In coming weeks, contractors will continue dredging Kingsbury Bay with equipment stationed on barges and using the sediment to restore areas at Grassy Point, where a huge amount of century-old lumber mill waste was removed last year.

Construction at both sites should be completed this fall.

It’s one of the largest projects in the ongoing St. Louis River estuary restoration saga, part of the Great Lakes Restoration initiative aimed at restoring water quality, improving fish and wildlife habitat, removing or capping pollution and making once-polluted areas more livable for fish, wildlife and people.


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Residents in the Irving and Norton Park neighborhoods will begin seeing more construction equipment moving in the area. The public parking lot on Pulaski Street and a short segment of the Waabizheshikana Trail will be closed for about two weeks beginning July 6 as construction crews improve the trail accessibility, repave the surface, install plantings and reseed the disturbed area.

Because of the heavy equipment needed to perform the work, people are asked to obey the closure signs during construction and avoid any areas where heavy equipment is present. Once the trail reopens, users are asked to stay on the trail so vegetation can reestablish. The Willard Munger State Trail will not be impacted by this project, but users should be aware of the additional traffic in the area.


  • Massive St. Louis River restoration finally set Work will begin in June on a massive cleanup project on the St. Louis River in Duluth, removing tons of wood waste from an old sawmill site at Grassy Point and removing flood-dumped sediment at the mouth of Kingsbury Creek. The combined efforts w...
  • Massive restoration in works for Grassy Point, Kingsbury Bay ON THE ST. LOUIS RIVER -- John Lindgren jumped out of his boat, wearing waders of course, and landed waist-deep in the river with a thud. "It's all wood down here that I'm walking on,'' said Lindgren, St. Louis River estuary restoration coordinat...

Construction updates will be posted in the Kingsbury Bay/Grassy Point section of the DNR’s St. Louis River Restoration Initiative webpage at . People interested in receiving project and construction updates by email from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency can subscribe at a link found on the same webpage.

Funding for the project comes from the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative with oversight by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and from the St. Louis River/Interlake/Duluth Tar Superfund Site settlement.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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