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Ironton boat launch ramp replacement to begin Sept. 16

Contact: Tom Copenhaver, 231-582-9151 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014
Agency: Natural ResourcesSept. 6, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, the Ironton boat launch on Lake Charlevoix (Charlevoix County) will be receiving a new ramp. The replacement project is expected to take about two weeks, and boaters should expect partial and complete shutdowns during this time.

The DNR wants to ensure the safety of all users. The boat launch will be reopened as soon as safe passage is possible. For questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Tom Copenhaver at 231-582-9151.

Other boat launches nearby on Lake Charlevoix include Dutchman's Bay (Charlevoix County) and the Boyne City Marina. To search for additional boating access sites, harbors or marinas in the area, visit the Michigan's Recreational Boating Information System (MRBIS) website at www.michigan.gov/mrbis. This searchable site includes location, access and amenity information on more than 1,300 boat launches.

Michigan, approaching nearly 1 million registrations, is one of the nation's leaders in registered watercrafts. Boaters enjoy more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams and 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline -- more than any other state. This project is supported through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, which is comprised of revenues received from boat registrations and marine fuel taxes. The revenues are dedicated by state law for the acquisition, development and management of boating facilities.

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 state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy 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 ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or 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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