Infrastructure improvements begin at Sturgeon River Sloughs in Baraga County

Contact: John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

Sept. 7, 2018

Long-anticipated construction for major infrastructure improvements has begun at the Sturgeon River Sloughs Wildlife Management Area in Arnheim.

While some closures and pond water draw-downs will be in effect, much of the area will remain open to hunting and trapping.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is partnering with Ducks Unlimited to install a new central water-control structure for the area.

"This new pump station will enable greater flexibility and efficiency in water control and allow for improved waterfowl habitat," said John DePue, a DNR wildlife biologist.

Job Site Services will require water to be removed from Units 5, 6, and 7. 

"Additionally we will be closing the parking area at the north end of the access road, nearest the existing pump station, to all vehicle traffic, to reduce vehicle congestion and provide a work area for construction materials and equipment," DePue said. "Those who walk in, boat or bicycle are still welcome to use the sloughs area, but care should be used to avoid the construction zone."

A 500-foot safety zone around the construction site will be enforced. Within this area, there will be no hunting, discharge of firearms or trapping permitted during the construction period.

Signage will be posted indicating the temporary disruption.

Units 2, 3, 4, 8 and portions of units 5, 6, 7 will remain open to hunting and trapping.

The construction project is expected to be completed by mid-November.

For more information on the project, contact John DePue at 906-353-6651.