Oman Creek boating access site, Black River Harbor, and Saxon Harbor to close for renovations

Contact: Dan Dowdy, 906-353-6658 or John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

This news release is being issued jointly by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Iron County (Wisconsin) Forestry and Parks and the U.S. Forest Service’s Ottawa National Forest.

May 10, 2018

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the Oman Creek boating access site, located in Gogebic County, will temporarily close for improvements beginning May 21.

Improvements include rebuilding the mouth of the creek to pre-July 2016 flash-flood dimensions, as well as armoring the shoreline of the creek mouth and Lake Superior shoreline to prevent additional erosion.

“We anticipate the project will be completed by June 29, 2018,” said Dan Dowdy, supervisor of the DNR’s Baraga construction crew. “The $140,000 in funding for this project has been provided through the Waterways Capital Outlay Fund, which contains money derived from boater registrations and marine fuel tax.”

In addition, Saxon Harbor, in Iron County, Wisconsin – which is managed by Iron County Forestry and Parks – and Black River Harbor, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, will be closed indefinitely for repairs and improvements throughout the summer.

Work at Saxon Harbor will include rebuilding harbor facilities that were damaged during a monumental 2016 flash-flood event, along with dredging of the entire harbor area.

Iron County Forestry and Parks Forest Administrator Eric Peterson said Saxon Harbor and all its associated facilities will close for the entire 2018 boating season May 15.

Anthony Holland, of the Ottawa National Forest’s Bessemer Ranger District, said Black River Harbor will be closed until further notice. 

Alternate boating access is available at the Union Bay boating access site at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located east of Black River Harbor, and at Chequamegon Bay, via the Second Landing Boat Launch in Ashland County, Wisconsin, situated to the west.

“As with any construction project, the public should be mindful of construction activities and adhere to safety zones,” Dowdy said.

For more information on the improvements at Oman Creek, contact Jeff Gaertner, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park manager, at (906) 885-5274. For more information on Saxon Harbor contact Eric Peterson, forest administrator, for Iron County Forestry and Parks at (715) 561-2697, Option 1. For more information on Black River Harbor, contact Anthony Holland at the Ottawa National Forest’s Bessemer Ranger District at (906) 932-1330.

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