- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

ELGIN, N.D. (AP) - A camping area at Lake Tschida in southern North Dakota will be closed and a boat ramp will be taken out as of May 28 due to a tiff with a neighboring landowner.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1VVe4tj ) reports Koehler’s Point will be closed by the Bureau of Outdoor Reclamation, which manages the Heart Butte Dam reservoir. The bureau is closing the point because it isn’t able to obtain a road easement.

Bureau spokeswoman Patience Hurley said walk-in use is the only way the point will be open, unless there’s a change in circumstances.

Hurley said the matter came to a head when landowner Corey Roth put up speed bumps and fences, leading to access being unsafe. She said the bureau tried to work with him, Grant County and lake recreation manager Tri-Cities JDA, but a deal couldn’t be reached.

Roth, owner of some of the land on the access road, said he recorded a new public easement across his land to the camping area that provides a roadway measuring between 18 and 33 feet wide. He said that he’s “square” on his end.

“If they threaten to take away the boat ramp for the public, that’s in their court,” Roth said.

Roth, who runs a private resort, said a different boat ramp access will have to be used by his campers.

Hurley says a 33-foot easement is required by the bureau, which she says wasn’t allowed to review the easement prior to its recording at a courthouse last month.

The bureau plans to do an environmental assessment and have public meetings to figure out the area’s best use, Hurley said.

“We don’t want that point closed - it’s a fantastic area. It’s in the best interest of the public that it not be closed,” she said.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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