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West Higgins Lake boating access site to close for ramp replacement

Courtesy: Michigan DNR

ROSCOMMON COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- The West Higgins Lake boat ramp is going to be replaced starting Sept. 5.

The boating access site is located on the west side of the lake, off of West Higgins Lake Drive between county roads Harrots and Leslie avenues.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says site improvements include the removal of the current six-row boat ramp that measures 96 feet wide by 60 feet long, and replacing it with a larger six-row ramp measuring 108 feet wide by 60 feet long. Construction is expected to last roughly seven weeks, with an anticipated Oct. 19 reopening date.

During the ramp replacement, boaters are encouraged to use other nearby ramps at North Higgins Lake State Park, South Higgins Lake State Park and Gerrish Township Community Park and Marina.

"This upgrade to the West Higgins Lake boat launch is much needed at this time," said Josh Pellow, North Higgins Lake State Park manager. "The current concrete ramp planks on the south side of the ramp have started to deteriorate, and the replacement project will create a safe ingress and egress for Higgins Lake boat traffic."

The DNR says this project is funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund. The restricted fund, which is derived from boat registration fees and the Michigan marine fuel tax, helps fund the construction, operation and maintenance of public recreational boating facilities.

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