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GF to install courtesy docks at Red River River boat ramps

Grand Forks is in line for two new courtesy docks this summer at boat ramps along the Red River in Lincoln Park and north of Riverside Dam. According to Melanie Parvey, environmental compliance manager for the Grand Forks Greenway, the City Counc...

Grand Forks is in line for two new courtesy docks this summer at boat ramps along the Red River in Lincoln Park and north of Riverside Dam.

According to Melanie Parvey, environmental compliance manager for the Grand Forks Greenway, the City Council earlier this year approved the donation of a new dock at the Lincoln Park boat ramp. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department donated the T-shaped dock to Grand Forks after buying it from a condo association in Bismarck that had installed the unit on the Missouri River and decided they didn't need it.

Brand new, Parvey said, that type of dock retails for about $9,600.

Parvey also applied for funding from the Game and Fish Department to purchase and install a courtesy dock at the Whopper John Little boat ramp in north Grand Forks. Despite already donating the one dock, Game and Fish approved the city's request for funding through the department's fisheries development program. Game and Fish funds boating access projects across the state through the program, paying 75 percent of the costs with local sponsors funding the rest.

Parvey said the donated dock is in Grand Forks and will be installed at the Lincoln ramp as soon as river conditions allow. She said the city will purchase the dock for the north landing sometime this summer. Most likely, she said, that courtesy dock also will have a T-shaped design.

Related Topics: FISHINGRED RIVER
Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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