Location: Lake Bronson State Park, western fishing pier

Managed by: MN DNR

Management Address

3793 230th ST
Lake Bronson MN 56734

Lake Bronson State Park offers visitors various types of recreational opportunities that one would expect within a State Park. The Park is situated in an area that includes both woods and prairies. Two fishing piers are located within the Park one with limited accessibility and the other almost totally inaccessible if you have a mobility disability. Visitors will need a day pass or seasonal park pass in order to access the Park. Minnesota does offer many sub-groups of people with disabilities reduced rates so visitors with disabilities should review the following to see if you fit into one of the categories and if you do how to make application to see if you are eligible to get a permit, https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/accessible_outdoors/parks/index.html . Persons with a Federal Access Pass may show the park attendant the Pass for a reduced rate, https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm#CP_JUMP_5088581 .

Description

This review is providing information on the fishing pier located by the dam at the west end of the Park.  The road leading to the parking area serving the pier is located by taking the immediate right after the entrance office, where you pay your entrance fee. The pier is south of the parking area approximately one tenth of a mile following the hard surfaced tar route which runs parallel to Cnty Hwy 28 (outside the park). 

Though the tar route is within the scope of an accessible route the parking area may not meet the firm and stable definitions as the ADA defines it.  Additionally, the slope of the ramp connecting the parking area to the pathway is greater than 1/48 in two of the three readings taken.   The next area where the accessible route is out of compliance is where the route transitions to a ramp leading going down to the fishing pier.  This transition point presents a couple different cross slopes at such a disparity it maybe enough to cause some new wheel chair users to tip which may cause them to fall down the embankment to the lake, cation is advised.    The ramp leading to the fishing pier is approximately 63’ long and for the most part has a greater slope than what is permissible by 2%.  The lower turning point from the ramp to the pier also is not within permissible tolerances.  Prospective visitors are asked to review the pictures to assess if they would be able to navigate the obstacles.  The fishing pier itself is like so many older piers in Minnesota in that it was built like a child’s play pen, where the perceived safety of the fisher person with a disability outweighed a broad number of people with disabilities able to reach the water and fish in relative comfort due to the high rail, limited access points from which to fish and narrow cut outs.  Optionsoutdoors offers this information so you can evaluate the accessibility to judge for yourself if it would be usable based on your or a loved one’s disability

Location Info » For directions, click the marker in the map. »

The closest city to the Park is Lake Bronson located on hwy 59 going north/south. To go to the entrance of the Park follow Cnty Rd 28 for a couple miles to park entrance. Sings are located along the route.

Amenities

The park is surrounded by many small communities the closest being Lake Bronson. Due to the parks close location the community of Lake Park has developed various stores catering to the parks visitors. The closest larger communities which will have larger big box stores will be Roseau and Thief River Falls.

Lodging

Lake Bronson has lodging as well as Hallock, Roeau, and Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Potential users are cautioned to call first to insure that the level of access will meet their needs. The closest community Lake Bronson has a motel with very limited access.