South Shore Railroad Grade Update

The South Shore Railroad abandoned its operations in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. After operation ceased, maintenance of their grades also ended. Over time, the grade crossing Nebagamon Creek has become a problem. Concern about this grade first surfaced more than 25 years ago. The Club is working with the Wisconsin DNR and Brule River Preservation to find a solution to this longstanding issue. For a history, description of the potential problems, and information about the grade, click on South Shore Grade. To track the progress on this issue, keep reading.

August 14, 2018 Update

There have been 2 developments in the project. First, there are still issues related to the ownership of the grade that need to be resolved before the project can proceed. Second, the DNR are was not awarded the federal grant that they’d applied for. As a consequence, the project has now been scheduled for 2019 and we’re still short in fully funding the project. So, we continue our fundraising efforts. The success of the fundraising efforts todate is a testament to how important the Brule is to so many people. To read the DNR’s summary of the project’s status, click on South Shore Status.

As of June 23rd, pledges and donations have been received from:

Brule Preservation Inc.,
Izaak Walton League Duluth Chapter,
Wisconsin Izaak Walton League Trust Committee,
Douglas County Fish & Game League,
Lake Superior Steelhead Association,
Western Lake Superior Trolling Association,
Wild Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited,
Wisconsin State Council of Trout Unlimited – Executive Committee,
Elliot Donnelley Chapter of Trout Unlimited – Chicago,
Arrowhead Fly Fishers Club,
Fox Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited,
Patagonia Environmental Grants,
Brule River Rats Stewardship Council, and
about 100 members of the Brule River Sportsmen’s Club.

These pledges and donations amount to $58,251. The Wisconsin DNR has also committed $45,000 in state trout stamp funds for a non-governmental donations and state funds total of $103,251.

Thanks again to everyone!

March 1, 2018 Update

The present plan is to bid the project in early 2018 and complete the project between May 15th and September 15th, 2018. A pre-formal bid cost estimate is as follows:

1. Design $5,000
2. Labor (tree, culvert, concrete removal, earth excavation) $45,000
3. Labor (earth hauling) $30,000
4. Heavy equipment rental $35,000
5. Site Supplies (erosion controls, construction fencing, boulders for stream grade control, seeding, tree planting, etc.) $5,000
6. Contingencies $10,000

Total cost $130,000