Munising marina increases access to top Michigan attractions
July 2, 2018
Grand Island East Channel Light. Photo by Anthony Hewitt/USFWS.
We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating increased boating access with our partners. On June 4, 2018 the Bayshore Marina in Munising, Michigan opened 24 new slips for recreational boaters traveling through Lake Superior. The Bayshore Marina received a Boating Infrastructure Grant through our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program to increase access while preserving the northern experience.
“We get to live and work with one of the greatest natural wonders in the midwest right out our back door,“ said Devin Olson, Munising’s city manager. “Our marina expansion gives us the ability to share these wonders with boaters who previously may not have been able to access our area.”
Munising is the gateway community for one of Michigan’s most popular tourist attractions - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. In addition to this famous park, Munising also offers access to the Grand Island National Recreation Area and the Alger Underwater Preserve. Visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of Lake Superior’s southern shores and enjoy beaches, dunes, waterfalls, cliffs and forests. Many of these attractions are best viewed by boat, resulting in high demand for transient boat slips in Munising.
“We serve as the west gateway to pictured Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and have seen a large increase in visitors in the past decade,” said Olson. “A portion of this demand was comprised of recreational boaters who made Munising a destination rather than a stop.”
This expansion meets the needs of this popular boating destination by adding 12 50-foot floating slips and 12 additional 40-foot floating slips to the marina. With these additions, the marina will be open to boats larger than 30 feet for the first time. Prior to the expansion, transient slips were completely occupied 75 percent of the time during boating season and recreational boaters were turned away.
Floating slips featuring low-light pollution glow stones. Photo by Anthony Hewitt/USFWS.
Additionally, the expansion was designed with the goal of preserving the Lake Superior experience. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers the best location for viewing the northern lights in the lower 48 because of dark skies and high latitude. The southern shore of Lake Superior allows for northern views all the way down to the horizon, offering an unobstructed view of the night sky. To help preserve this unique viewing opportunity, the walkway portion of the expansion is lit with glow stones - pebbles that glow in the dark without the use of electricity.
We are excited to support the City of Munising and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in providing increased access for outdoor recreation in northern Michigan.