Fairmont community, Boy Scout collaborate to create kayaking opportunity

Connor Madsen demonstrates the kayak launch he organized as his Eagle Scout project.

Connor Madsen demonstrates the kayak launch he organized as his Eagle Scout project.

Summer 2017 is underway and Fairmont, Minn., is blessed with warm weather and beautiful lakes for recreation this time of year.

I’m just glad that I can make a difference in the community.
— Connor Madsen

Along with boating, fishing and swimming, many folks love the sport of kayaking. With the help of others in the community, a young man by the name of Connor Madsen recently created an easy access for kayaks to the south shore of Amber Lake.

The project began as a comment from Kahler Automation founder Wayne Kahler, which ended up in the hands of Connor, the son of Kahler Software Specialist Mike Madsen. A member of Boy Scout Troop 56 in Fairmont, Connor needed a project to achieve his Eagle Scout award. He thought the kayak launch was a great idea so he contacted the Fairmont Lakes Foundation to ask for funding. The City of Fairmont also stepped in, helping with funding as well as prepping the site by clearing access to the lake, creating a walkway, seeding the area, and improving the parking lot.

The new kayak dock & launch is located on the south shore of Amber Lake in Fairmont, Minn.

The new kayak dock & launch is located on the south shore of Amber Lake in Fairmont, Minn.

Last month Connor and other members of Troop 56 assembled the dock and kayak launch, which has already been enjoyed by many this summer and was promoted in local newspapers. Connor was pleased with how everyone responded to his project. “I’m just glad that I can make a difference in the community,” he said.

Wayne Kahler was impressed with how Connor and the people of Fairmont worked together to make the kayak launch a reality. With everyone’s help and commitment, a small idea turned into something amazing the entire community can enjoy this summer, and for many summers to come.  

The Amber Lake kayak launch in action.