MNR closes Silver Lake boating access site on Thursday

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The Silver Lake water access site in Marquette County will be closed for several days, starting Thursday, for site improvements.

Personnel from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division, in cooperation with the 107th Engineer Battalion of the Michigan Army National Guard, will lead the $ 66,000 project funded by the Flood Mitigation Fund of the Dead River.

A gravel boat launch, parking area, and gravel access road improvements on Crown-managed property are features of the improvements to be made.

Vehicle and pedestrian access to the site is prohibited during construction for safety reasons. There are no alternative routes available to get to this location. Travelers on the region’s roads should expect heavy equipment traffic.

The work is expected to be completed on October 12.

The Silver Lake Basin is located northwest of Ishpeming, a known fishing destination for pike, bass and crappie.

In February 2020, after offering closed, walk-in-only access to the lake, the MNR held a public meeting in Negaunee Township. Meeting participants opposed the idea, favoring modest improvements instead, keeping the access site a gravel boat launch with vehicle access provided.

In May 2003, a fusible plug broke on the dam releasing nine million gallons of water downstream, which ultimately led to the failure of the Marquette Tourist Park dam.

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