Vehicle access restricted to Lake Skegemog boating access site due to county road reconstruction; Baggs Road limited to local traffic only

Contact: Tim Schreiner, 231-775-9727, ext. 6011
Agency: Natural Resources

June 27, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Kalkaska County Road Commission will reconstruct Baggs Road, located off M-72 between Williamsburg and Kalkaska, in Kalkaska County. Road construction, beginning July 5, will limit vehicles to local-only traffic, and as a result, vehicle access to the Lake Skegemog boating access site will be limited.

The Baggs Road reconstruction project is slated to take 90 days to complete. There will be some preconstruction work taking place prior to July 5; however, vehicle traffic should not be affected during this preconstruction phase.

The DNR encourages boaters to use one of two alternative boating access sites that also provide boating access to Lake Skegemog through the chain of lakes, including:

  • The Elk Lake Road boating access site is located west of Lake Skegemog in Whitewater Township in Grand Traverse County. Whitewater Township requires a $5 launch fee.
  • The Torch River boating access site is located off of Aarwood Road north of Lake Skegemog in Clearwater Township in Kalkaska County. There is no launch fee.

Updates on the anticipated opening date for the Lake Skegemog can be found at Additional information on closures and trail detours in other DNR facilities, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds, also are listed on this page.

Boaters help fund more than 1,300 public boating access sites and 82 harbors in Michigan. All watercraft, unless exempt, must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of the State. Register all watercraft online, by mail or in person at the Secretary of State. Boat registrations expire March 31 in the third year of issuance. Learn more at

For more information about Lake Skegemog boating access site, contact Tim Schreiner, district supervisor for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, Cadillac District, at 231-775-9727, ext. 6011. For information on the Kalkaska County Road Commission project, call 231-258-2242.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to