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Public Meeting:

Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
East Gull Lake City Hall
10790 Squaw Point Road
East Gull Lake, MN 56401


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Gull Lake Road 

Gull Lake Road embankment following emergency repairs in 2017


Gull Lake Dam Road Closure Request

The St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is evaluating a request to permanently close the Gull Lake Dam Road, located on the Gull Lake Recreation Area, approximately 10 miles northwest of Brainerd, Minnesota. The road, which is located on Corps property, is licensed and maintained by East Gull Lake Township. 


In the fall of 2017, the district completed emergency repairs on the road after finding that the slope between the road and river failed, putting the integrity of the road – one of the only ways into the Gull Lake dam – in question. During community meetings to discuss the repairs tribal representatives requested that the Corps of Engineers permanently close the section of road as it passes through tribal burial ground and is a sacred site.

Further evaluation of the road highlighted several safety concerns, to include potential for future erosion and a lack of to-standard roadway shoulders and guardrails.


The St. Paul District is currently evaluating a plan to close the road due to safety and tribal concerns, and is coordinating with East Gull Lake Township and Cass County to identify options for access for if the road closure does go into effect. Input from the public, stakeholders and tribal nations will be gathered before a decision is made.

Contact us

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Gull Lake Recreation Area 
10867 East Gull Lake Drive 
Brainerd, MN 56401

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