The Michigan DNR has scheduled an information gathering session on August 2, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Township Hall to discuss future water access opportunities at Haserot Beach and Kelley Park.
While the Township is still in early discussions about the meeting, the DNR provided the following comments to the Township.
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KELLEY PARK (Old Mooring/Former Nevinger Property Across from Old Mission Inn)
In consideration of the nearby Boating Access Site (BAS) for trailerable vessels, the DNR would look at this time to develop a carry-down BAS at Old Mooring (Kelley Park). This may include an extension of the entrance drive off the existing drive, launching area, and parking for approximately 10 to 15 vehicles (possibly including trailerable spaces). This would be primarily for carry-down vessels such as canoes, kayaks, row boats, etc.
As part of the development process, the DNR will hold a public input session prior to construction, in order to take public comment on the design.
The DNR anticipates that this development will be done through the DNR, but post-construction, would be open to having the Township take on maintenance and operation responsibilities through a lease agreement format.
Next Steps: The DNR will work on gathering background information and moving forward with design this summer.
With the advantage of deeper water (compared to Kelley Park) and the fact that the site is already developed, a continuation of this form of boat access, as well as an expansion of the site, would be advantageous.
Redesign of the current layout to ensure it meets adequate dimensions, as well as consideration of the fact that Peninsula Township owns land across the road for overflow, this would prove to be a great asset for public recreational boating access onto East Bay.
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