Union Lake Shores Association, Inc
Union Lake Shores Association, Inc

Public Boat Launch/ Public Access Update

May 15, 2018

Contact: John Terpstra, 586-465-2160

DNR to host May 22 open house on proposed boating access site on Union Lake 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a proposed design for a boating access site on Union Lake, near the intersection of Union Lake and Wise roads, in Oakland County

The public open house will take place Tuesday, May 22, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Commerce Township offices, located at 2009 Township Drive in Commerce Township.

At the open house, DNR staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather input from the public about the site analysis, proposed design and other factors. The public is welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour open forum.

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

For more information on this project, contact John Terpstra at 586-465-2160 or terpstraj@michigan.gov. For more information on the state waterways program, contact Jordan Byelich at 517-284-6087 or byelichj@michigan.gov.

UNION LAKE BOAT LAUNCH SITE UPDATE Today I spoke with Ron Olson, Chief Parks and Recreation Michigan DNR, and received the following update. He confirmed that the current site is a dangerous situation with parking across Union Lake Rd. and this was the reason for purchasing the new site (Aggressive Marine, next to Matter of Taste) to have parking contiguous to the launch ramp. He confirmed that the DNR will not keep the old site open or active after the new one is completed. The current site has 33 parking slips and the new one will have approximately 20 so there will be approximately 13 less parking spots available. He stated that because of the dangerous situation with the old site they would have to live with this reduction even though their goal would be to keep the 33 they currently have. A Study and Design project is currently in process and should be done within the next couple of months. Construction funding will be reviewed but he thinks this will be a priority item for funding since it is over 5 years old now. Hopefully construction will start this spring. The current lakeside site will be offered to Commerce Township first at Fair Market Value, if Commerce wants it for a small a park and has funding. The parking lot property across Union Lake Rd. will probably be listed for sale. I'm not sure what the current zoning is. My personal opinion is that the reduction of 13 less boats on the lake is probably a good thing for lakefront owners. 


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