Black River Harbor dock replacement begins

IRONWOOD — Work has begun on the first phase of the Black River Harbor dock replacement project, Ottawa National Forest officials said.

Effective immediately, access to the docks and boat launch at Black River Harbor will be closed until further notice.

Once construction work is completed, access to the boat launch and docks will be reopened. The lower parking lot and suspension bridge will remain open for day use.

“We are excited to be working with our local contractor to complete the first phase of dock replacements at the Black River Harbor,” said Tony Holland, Watersmeet/Iron River Bessemer District ranger. “We will be closing the boat launch and docks during construction due to safety concerns and to allow for the work to proceed uninterrupted.”

Snow Country Contracting has been awarded the contract for the first phase.

“During construction, which includes blasting, it will be necessary to close the lower parking lot and suspension bridge and to limit access to the entire area.” Holland said. “If it is necessary to close the area completely, we will notify the public in advance. We encourage everyone to contact our office prior to going to the harbor for current status.”

Closures of the entire area are not expected to extend beyond a week at a time.

“Given the status of the docks and boat launch area for the immediate future, we will not be accepting reservations for seasonal slips in 2018,” Holland added. “When the docks are reopened, we will determine if there is still a need for reservations given the season. At this time, we have been taking names of those individuals who have expressed interest in reservations and we will contact them with current information.”

Potential visitors may call 906-932-1330 for the current status of the area.