Washington County, Minn., officials have approved plans for a major makeover at Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve that will improve conditions for campers and Eagle Point Trail users, according to the Pioneer Press

Jordan-based S.M. Hentges & Sons, Inc., got the $1.7 million contract; construction will start in September and should be completed by January.

Crews will be building a 20-space gravel parking lot off of Inwood Avenue, constructing a boardwalk bridge and improving drainage along Eagle Point Trail, a four-mile trail around Eagle Point Lake that is popular with hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers.

Also planned: culvert placement and trail restoration that will make the trail accessible year round, said Sandy Breuer, Washington County’s parks director.

The park’s 80-site campground is getting an electrical and water upgrade. The addition of a reliable power source — 57 50-amp sites and 23 30-amp sites — means campers in RVs “will not experience a power shortage during their stay,” Breuer said.

Water lines throughout the campground will be replaced, and 56 water hook-ups are being added, she said.

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