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New public access ready on Hatfield Lake

Hatfield Park is now canoe-friendly.

Each year, St. Croix County supports a county aid project, which usually deals with a habitat area. In 2009, Hatfield Park in New Richmond was chosen to receive the aid after being recommended by the St. Croix Sportsman's Alliance.

The goal was to provide boat access. A gravel road that leads to the water's edge was installed for boating and fishing.

The project received $2,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and $2,000 from the county. The city was then responsible to match the grants by providing $4,000 for the project.

The access was completed the last week of June. The streets and parks departments worked with the county to complete the project.

"We want this lake to be non-motorized," said Joe Kerlin, parks and recreation director for New Richmond. He added that canoes and boats with trolling motors are acceptable water vehicles for the site.

The access will also provide anglers a route in the winter for ice fishing. Previously there was no actual access point on the local lake.

"We're trying to build a fishery here," Kerlin said, adding that the lake has been stocked with fish several times.

Kerlin hopes that the new boat access will allow more people to enjoy the water.

"It's meant for everybody," he said.