The Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Green Lake boat launch site and campground in the Waterloo State Recreation Area near Chelsea will close temporarily on Monday, Oct. 10, for an improvement project. The construction project, which is the second phase of improvements at Green Lake, includes installing a new concrete boat ramp, restoring the parking lot and completing road improvements. The campground and boat launch are expected to reopen on Friday, Oct. 21.
During the temporary closure, anglers can explore the fishing opportunities at any one of the other nine boat launch sites in Waterloo, visit www.michigan.gov/waterloo for further information. For those wishing to camp, Sugarloaf Lake and Portage Lake Campgrounds are open.
The Green Lake boat launch site improvement project is funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, a restricted fund derived from boat registration fees and the Michigan marine fuel tax, which is used for the construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities, harbors and inland waterways.
For more information about the Green Lake boat launch site improvements, contact Waterloo Recreation Area Park Manager Gary Jones at 734-475-8307.
The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boat launch fee sites. This new way to fund Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities. Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking “Yes” on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-241-7275.
Non-resident motor vehicles must still display a valid Non-resident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area or state-administered boat launch fee site, which can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.
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.