The area known as “picnic island” was originally a marsh. In the early 20th century a channel was dredged around the outer edges of the marsh to create a popular canoe course, with the excavated material used to create the island. This channel was dredged in the 1970’s with the intent of improving the fishing habitat and appearance.
Today the channel is a popular family fishing area, but fishing diminishes through the summer as the water fills with submergent vegetation and algae. The shoreline is currently turf grass to the water’s edge, which gets compacted from geese and picnic island use.
The intent of this project is to improve the fish habitat and to create a more aesthetic and functional shoreline treatment to help improve water quality.