Portions of Fisherman's Island State Park closed due to high water levels

Contact: Tom Copenhaver, 231-582-7523
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 21, 2019


High water levels and storm damage have temporarily closed the southern portion of the northernmost access road located in Fisherman's Island State Park. The 3-mile-long, paved access road is located off Bell's Bay Road, just south of Charlevoix in Charlevoix County, Michigan.

Because of the road closure, the park's day-use area and sites #36-80 in the rustic campground also are temporarily closed. The DNR anticipates that the road will reopen in the spring once the damage is assessed and a long-term solution is found.

"There are sections of the entrance road that are continually being eroded after large storm events," said Tom Copenhaver, Fisherman's Island State Park supervisor. "We've fixed the road several times this year after other high-wind events, but it seems every time we fix it another storm causes significant erosion."

Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division staff is working to address the effects of of high water levels at Fisherman's Island and many other state parks and boating access sites across the state. 

Anyone planning to visit Fisherman's Island State Park is encouraged to first visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures for updates on the temporary road closure. Additional information on closures and trail detours, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds, also are listed on this page.

For more information, contact Tom Copenhaver at 231-582-7523 or CopenhaverT@michigan.gov.