DeTour State Harbor, located in Chippewa County’s DeTour Village, will close for the season on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a significant upgrade project, the Department of Natural Resources said today.

The closure will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when the fuel dock will close at 6 p.m. The harbor’s docks will be removed the following day, dredging will begin, and all facilities will be closed and winterized. Re-opening is anticipated in early July 2013.

“The upgrade project entails a complete overhaul of the harbor,” said harbor master Richard Rathke. “When Detour State Harbor reopens in summer of 2013, boaters can expect to enjoy a completely new harbor facility.”

The harbor improvement project is funded by the federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund and the Michigan State Waterways Fund. The State Waterways Fund is a restricted fund derived from the collection of boat registration fees, a portion of the Michigan marine fuel tax, and user fees. Waterways funding is dedicated to the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities.

For more information about the improvement project, contact harbor master Richard Rathke at 906-297-5947. To learn more about Michigan’s state harbors, including the harbor at DeTour, visit www.michigan.gov/harbors.

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