Stutsman County and the Bureau of Reclamation are partnering together to add a second access road and 16 camping sites to Pelican Point Landing in southeastern North Dakota.
“It floods,” explained Larry Kuntz, land and water representative with the Bureau of Reclamation. “You can’t access the South Forty when it floods.”
The “South Forty” is a nickname for the southeast part of the Pelican Point Landing campground, where camping sites are laid out along a loop, the Jamestown Sun reported.
In the high water years of 2009, 2010 and 2011, flooding blocked that part of the campground, which is located six miles north of Jamestown on U.S. Highway 52.
Adding an access road parallel to the other half of Pelican Point would mean the South Forty would be accessible even if the sites closer to the shore were flooded.
The project would also add about 16 camping sites, at least two of them handicapped-accessible, with electricity and water.
Two to four cabins will be built and an additional bathhouse will be added, likely in the new camping area. Shelters may be added and an RV dump station is also in the tentative plans.
The additions are part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s long-term plan, and will cost about $500,000. Half will be paid by Stutsman County, and the other half by Reclamation.
The county is pursuing additional funding from federal, state and private sources to pay for its half of the project.
Detailed plans are not yet complete, but the Stutsman County Commission has approved the project. The planning process will continue this winter, with construction to begin in the spring.
Tentative plans include at least three phases, with the road to the South Forty being the first phase, followed by the additional campground, and then the bathhouse, with a possible fourth phase of adding a playground to the new campground.
Bureau of Reclamation officials Kuntz, Dustin Albright, a civil engineer, and Scott Hettinger, an outdoor recreation planner, met with county officials Oct. 4 to continue discussions about the project.
“You could probably double the size of (Pelican Point Landing) and on the weekends, it will still be filled,” said Sandy Eckelberg, accounts/property coordinator with Stutsman County.