Mondeaux Dam Lodge Renovations Progressing Forward

MEDFORD, Wis. (May 3, 2019) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has secured funding to complete phase 3 of the Mondeaux Dam Lodge renovations. 

In 2017 the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest began a multi-year renovation project at the historic Mondeaux Dam Lodge.  Due to the nature of the renovations the facility has been closed until repairs are completed.  

“The Mondeaux Dam Lodge is a key recreation destination on the Forest, but impacts from the closure have been felt across Taylor County,” said Tim Vetter, Recreation, Lands & Wilderness Program Manager on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  “While the closure of the lodge is temporary, we know it has been an inconvenience to visitors of the flowage and associated campgrounds. The lodge is a signature tourism site in Taylor County that has strong economic and social impacts.” 

This multi-year project was broken down into four phases. Phase 1 included new picnic tables, two new public boat docks and new sand on the beach. These renovations were completed in 2017.

Phase 2 is anticipated to be complete by the end of May which is the designs for interior/exterior building renovations of the lodge, wastewater system upgrades, as well as plans for an accessible path to beach and glacial spring. These designs were completed though a contract with U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.  

With the final designs in hand and the funds secured, the Forest will be moving forward with contract solicitations for the renovations of the lodge this summer which is Phase 3 of the project. 

“Depending on bid prices and available funding, Phase 4 of the project may also be completed which is the renovations of the living quarters, garage and glacial spring,” said Vetter. “We are looking forward to completing the renovations and reopening this facility to visitors.”

The Forest anticipates awarding a contract for the renovations yet this year. 

The Forest has established a webpage at https://go.usa.gov/xmRjE to share project information including status updates and will use it to share design plans and the anticipated completion timeline later this summer.  

If you have more specific questions regarding the facility and what’s happening next please contact Tim Vetter (715) 362-1373 or email timothy.vetter@usda.gov.

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