Construction Slated for Boating Access at Michigan’s Selfridge Site

Category: press release

 Jun 18th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 18th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Department of Natural Resources today announced that the Selfridge boating access site, located on Lake St. Clair in Macomb County, will undergo construction this summer to expand the parking lot. The construction project will run from mid-June to the end of October 2014.

During construction, most single-car parking spaces and all overflow parking will be closed, but there will be 102 vehicle/trailer parking spaces available. All overflow parking will be directed to the nearby Harley-Ensign Memorial boating access site, located at 32995 South River Road in Harrison Township. The restroom buildings also will be closed during construction, but portable restrooms will be available on site.

These improvements will conclude phase-two construction at the Selfridge boating access site. Phase one occurred in December 2011 with repairs to the seawall and development of the northeast peninsula. When phase-two construction is complete, there will be a total of six single-car parking spaces and 176 vehicle/trailer parking spaces available.

This project is funded through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Grant and the Michigan State Waterways Fund, a restricted fund derived from boat registration fees and a portion of the Michigan marine fuel tax for the construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities.

For more information about the status of this project, contact Adam Lepp, Mt. Clemens Field Office supervisor, at 586-465-2160. For a statewide list of boating access sites, visit the Michigan Recreational Boating Information System at www.mcgi.state.mi.us/MRBIS.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into both the Selfridge and Harley-Ensign Memorial boating access sites.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to all state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program.

The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($31 annual; $9 daily) at any state park or recreation area or (annual passes only) through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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