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Media advisory: Lake Angeline boating access site

NEW UPDATE (8/31): The DNR's boating access site at Lake Angeline in Ishpeming in Marquette County has reopened. A DNR work crew spread gravel today to create an alternative entry road segment to the site, along an old U.S. Steel easement. Meanwhile, negotiations with an adjacent property owner on a permanent easement continue. The public is urged to respect private property surrounding the access site and to keep the area clean. Access is an important feature of public recreation that is often only afforded through the willingness of landowners who enter into agreements with the DNR.

UPDATE (8/30): While negotiations continue on an easement and the DNR explores alternative entry to the site, the property owner, who is concerned about safety, liability and trespassing, said today he will leave his gate open to boaters and anglers seeking to access Lake Angeline.

Statement attributable to John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer:

"DNR officials were informed today that a property owner near the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Lake Angeline boating access site in Ishpeming had erected a cattle-style gate to block entry to the access site through his property.

The DNR is in ongoing real estate easement negotiations with the property owner, while also exploring alternative options. The Lake Angeline boating access site will remain closed temporarily until the access issue is resolved.

The DNR boating access site was constructed in 2015 and provides access to fishing opportunities for lake trout and other species."

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