Corps Begins McGregor Lake Habitat Project

The St. Paul Engineer District has started the first phase of the McGregor Lake Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project to restore habitat within Pool 10 of the Upper Mississippi River.

The project, located near Prairie du Chien, Wis., will restore and protect island habitat, protect shoreline from erosion and create overwintering fish habitat. The goal is to provide habitat and food and resting places for river wildlife, such as migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, frogs and fish. The total project is anticipated to cost approximately $20 million.

The first phase will consist of transferring 70,000 cubic yards of dredged sand from the nearby McMillan Island dredged material site to McGregor Lake. This phase is anticipated to take two to three months to complete, while the total project may take up to five years to construct.

The McGregor Lake project was planned and designed as part of a cooperative effort between the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and local interests. The project is funded under authority of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Environmental Management Program.