Sturgeon Bay Plans To Restore Little Lake To Former Glory - WBAY

Sturgeon Bay Plans To Restore Little Lake To Former Glory


The City of Sturgeon Bay received a $100,000 grant from the Fund For Lake Michigan to restore Bradley Lake, also known as "Little Lake", next to Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay.  The lake has become unusable and an eyesore due to poor water quality, restoring it to it's former glory is important to the community. 

It's the many childhood memories made, just hanging out ...

"Yeah we used to do it a lot when we were kids, we'd come down and feed the ducks and stuff," says Angie O'hern-Dequaine who lives nearby.

"We spent a lot of time at the lake! I mean you could fish here. The fishing was halfway decent at that time," says Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham.

It's in a prime location for both residents and tourists right next Sunset Park's tennis courts, baseball diamonds, barbeque grills and beautiful beach!  But the lake, once very popular, is now the least popular place at the park.

"I don't think anybody would eat a fish from this lake now," says John Herlache with the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay.

It's technically still a lake, but it looks and smells, more like a swamp.

"People who live in the neighborhood sometimes in the summer can't even go outside because of the stench that you get from this lake," says Herlache.

Sturgeon Bay's Rotary Club is joining forces with the city to change that.

"We wouldn't be doing the city justice if we didn't try and make it a lot better than what it is," says Mayor Birmingham.

They secured a one hundred thousand dollar grant for restoration, but it's not enough.  Next week, the Rotary Club is launching a fundraising campaign to raise one hundred thousand more.

"It'll be organized, it'll be informative and by the time they're done talking to us, they're going to want to contribute to Little Lake," says Herlache with a laugh.

He's probably right.

"My dad has tons of memories from here, I have memories and I would like to have my son have some memories too," says O'hern-Dequaine.

They hope to begin clean up this fall.

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