Onekama Township received a $75,900 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Land Trust Fund. The grant will be used to develop a kayak and canoe launch on Portage Lake at an access site owned by the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources (MDNR). The Portage Lake Association and Portage Lake Watershed Forever are providing $5,000 each towards the total project cost of $101,200.
According to township supervisor David Meister, the launch will provide universal access to Portage Lake’s fishery resource as well as Lake Michigan. The Township and MDNR have entered into an agreement where the Township will bear responsibility for maintenance and installation of the kayak and canoe site, with the DNR continuing responsibility for the boat launch, parking area and restrooms. The project also includes paved accessible parking sites and a walkway that connects the parking area with the kayak/canoe launch and restrooms. The launch will be installed either this fall or next spring under the guidance of Taylor and the Spicer Group