Arrowhead Pier Fishing Facility

Location: 
Superior, Wisconsin
Completed: 
2010
Estimated Cost: 
$800,000
  • New 200’ Composite/Steel Fishing Pier
  • (2) Lane Boat Launch
  • (2) Floating Docks
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Permanent Restrooms
  • Dredged Navigation Channel

AMI Consulting Engineers, P.A. was the Design Team Lead for the phased rehabilitation project of the existing 6.5 acre public fishing area located on the Saint Louis River. Due to years of deterioration, safety issues, and the cost of annual upkeep, the fishing pier was no longer feasible to maintain. The single lane boat landing was difficult to maneuver and shallow draft allowed only small boats to launch. Pedestrians were forced to walk through landing lanes to access the pier and no permanent restrooms were on site. AMI and the City conducted public surveys, user group input and held design meetings to gather the public’s needs and desires for this facility. With this information AMI was able to work within the budget to devise a phased Master Plan for the facility.

AMI provided Construction Documents and Specifications for the design of new composite/steel fixed pier with benches, lights, railings and ADA fishing areas; relocation and expansion of boat launch, site grading, sidewalks, parking, traffic and lighting improvements; design of picnic shelter, restrooms, and fish cleaning station; hydrographic survey, storm water control and landscape design. The relocation of the boat landing allowed for additional green space, providing locations for the Picnic Shelter and Restrooms, but also allowed for a more practical landing location. This new layout included an additional landing lane, docks, ADA accessible path, and improved maneuvering and parking.

Boaters and Anglers no longer have to be burdened by each other with the addition of a dredged boat channel to the landing away from the fishing Pier. AMI worked with the USACE, US Coast Guard, Wisconsin DNR, and local agencies throughout the design and obtained all required permits. AMI was also retained to provide Construction Management throughout all phases of construction.