Department of Natural Resources
Oct. 1, 2019
As part of a site improvement project to enhance public access and better control shoreline erosion, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has developed a $170,000 design to guide the building of a structure (groin) that will help interrupt the movement of shoreline sediments and, ultimately, reduce the frequency of dredging necessary to keep the boating access site available to the public.
The boating access site, which provides a convenient way for boaters to access Lake Superior, has a history of erosion, sedimentation and storm damage due to wave action in that location.
The public meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Oct. 10 in the Lindquist Center at Gogebic Community College, located at E-4946 Jackson Road in Ironwood.
At the meeting, there will be a short presentation by DNR personnel, followed by the collection of feedback during a public comment period.
“Our hope is to gauge public opinion on future investment at the Oman Creek boating access site,” said Eric Cadeau, DNR regional field planner. “Staff will present the preferred design alternative and discuss the design challenges that were encountered. We'll also ask the public what the most important investment opportunities are at the site. Gathering this input from boaters, anglers, residents and others is critical to the design and funding prioritization process.”
The planning, design and construction for this project will be funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, a restricted fund derived from boat registration fees and Michigan marine fuel tax for the construction, operation, and maintenance of public recreational boating facilities. Additional funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Program.
For more information on the project, contact Mike Knack, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park supervisor, at 906-885-5277 or KnackM@michigan.gov or Eric Cadeau, DNR regional field planner, 906-353-6651 or CadeauE@michigan.gov.