State Dock to get facelift
By Mike Fornes
Cheboygan Daily Tribune
Published July 3, 2006
CHEBOYGAN - A dock that once served as the main terminal
for transportation across the Straits of Mackinac is getting
a re-fit that will benefit recreational boaters and eventually
Construction has started on the second phase of a $9.5
million new state harbor in Mackinaw City, Michigan Department
of Natural Resources officials have announced.
Ryba Marine of Cheboygan was awarded a $1,599,527 contract
to construct a new three-lane boat-launching facility,
harbor basin dredging and various shoreline, utility and
drainage improvements. Future phases of the project will
develop harbor buildings and floating piers.
Phase II of the construction of the new harbor facility
at Mackinaw City includes dredging the basin area for
the new harbor and boat launch, installing the boat launch
and riprap along both the north and south sides of the
dock to break the waves and disperse the energy, said
Mary Dettloff, DNR public information officer.
The new Mackinaw State Harbor will add up to 125 transient
slips and creatively redevelop the state's former car
ferry dock within the city. DNR Parks and Recreation Division
staff and the State Waterways Commission have reviewed
surrounding existing harbors to create a slip configuration
that will accommodate boaters' greatest needs.
We will also be cleaning up the walls of the old car
ferry slip and the ‘triangle' at the end of the dock where
there is sheet piling, Dettloff added. We will be doing
a dive and assessment of the east end of the dock and
slips for stabilization at the end of the dock. This will
determine what additional work may be needed to assure
the long term viability of the State Dock. There are no
plans to demolish the buildings, the long term plans are
to be developed for the function of the ‘triangle,' however
cruise ships will be the primary focus for this area.
The construction is expected to be completed by December.
The finished boating access site will provide an excellent
location for boaters to access the waters of the Straits
of Mackinac, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
We're very excited to begin the second phase of this
project, said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation
The project is funded by the State Waterways Fund. The
fund is derived from boaters' registration fees and marine
fuel sales tax.