Duluth Area to Get New Course

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribe has begun clearing a 160-acre site for a par-72, 7,000-yard golf course in mid-April. The tribe commenced work on Black Bear Golf Course right after receiving project approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The agencies became involved after the tribe wanted to fill 43 acres of wetlands with 500,000 cubic yards of material from another part of the site. The EPA expressed concerns about pesticide and fertilizer runoff into nearby Otter Creek. Both agencies evaluated those elements, and signed off on the project.

The tribe is budgeting $6.8 million for the golf course and an expansion of the nearby Black Bear Hotel and Casino complex. According to Fond du Lac chairman Robert “Sonny” Peacock, $3 million of the $6.8 million will be used for expansion of the casino and hotel, which are located at the intersection of Interstate 35 and SR 210. The golf course is being built right next door.