Working on the new dock at Lac La Belle

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Dock showing old Crib

Roger on right and Martin Dumping Rock into crib of new dock.

Roger on right and Martin Dumping Rock into crib of new dock.

Roger Dumping Rock for new dock at Lac La Belle

Roger Dumping Rock for new dock at Lac La Belle

Building - Dock Side Shot

Building - Dock Side Shot

 Finally got out to Lac La Belle to work on the dock today and made a lot of progress in spite of not having bro-in-law, Wally OR son Leo. Martin and Roger were a great help in getting the cribs moved into the lake and in position and filling them with rock that Mohawk Sand and Gravel delivered. 

Got up this morning at 8am and tried to get the boys up at nine, to no avail. Finally, at 10 they were up and eating breakfast, so by 11 or so we started on the project for the day. Quite a late start, but were able to get it done anyway. 

The biggest dilemma was getting the partially pre-built cribs into the lake. You see, we built them last winter with old skis on the bottom with the intent of sliding them on the snow and ice and cutting holes in the ice to weigh them down with rock. The warm weather and sun came un-expectedly early, though and had to wait for road restrictions to be lifted before getting rock.

When we found that the cribs were too heavy for 3 of us to carry, we decided to toll them on logs and it worked GREAT! Everything went like clock work. Borrowed the “ladder like” cable trays from brother Mitch’s camp and laid planks on them for runners to get the rock hauled out. 

Next is to somehow tie into the old dock and cut tamarack trees for the stringers.

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About Brian Helminen

Brian is the owner and Captain of Sand Point Charters, LLC. He also owns and operates Designotype Printers, Inc. with his wife, Margaret. They have a cottage on Lac La Belle that can be rented by the week in the summertime.

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