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Boating access sites in northern Kent set for improvements

Three boating access sites in northern Kent County will close for improvements in August and September.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Camp Lake boating access site near Sparta will close the entrance road for tree removal and road widening from Aug. 30 until Sept. 3. It will then re-open until Sept.13, when it will again close until Oct. 12 for accessibility improvements, paving and pavement painting to improve traffic flow.

Pine Island Lake and Lincoln Lake boating access sites will also close in August and September for projects that will include paving the parking and launch area to improve traffic flow and for better accessibility.

Construction for Big Pine Island Lake in Grattan Township is scheduled to begin on Aug. 23 and continue to Sept. 4, and construction at Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township is slated to begin on Sept. 7 and continue until Sept 18.

These projects are funded by a federal grant from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Fund and the Michigan State Waterways Fund, which is derived from watercraft registration fees, marine fuel taxes and user fees. This is a restricted fund and can only be used for the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities.

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