Michigan's Lake Nepessing Boating Access Site in Lapeer County to close temporarily in May

The Department of Natural Resources announced that the Lake Nepessing Boating Access Site in Lapeer County will be closed temporarily between May 9 and May 23 to complete the paving phase of an improvement project that began April 11.

Todd Farrell, supervisor at Metamora-Hadley and Ortonville recreation areas, said the site may be open on weekends for boat launching and retrieval but with very limited parking available. Signs notifying boaters of the specific dates of the closures will be posted at the boating access site prior to the shut-down date. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

The construction project includes paving the driveways and parking lot, installation of an accessible sidewalk, and landscaping. The parking lot will include environmentally friendly permeable pavement and the landscaping will consist of native species and an eco-friendly rain garden that will absorb run-off before it reaches the lake. This project is funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, 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.

This is the only public access site on Lake Nepessing. The next closest DNR boat launch is located at Big Fish Lake in the Ortonville Recreation Area. For details or updates about this project, contact DNR Parks and Recreation Division Unit Supervisor Todd Farrell, 810-797-4439.

The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas, and state-administered boating access fee sites, and is also required at designated state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas. 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 517-373-9900. 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, state-administered boating access fee site, state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas, which can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

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