Summer will be a busy time on the Four Lakes, with work continuing to stabilize the dams, remove debris and vegetation from the lakebottoms, and activate new monitoring instrumentation. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:
Phase 2 of construction renovations will occur on the Tobacco Dam beginning the week of June 27th. This will require the closing of the fishing access west of M30 at the Tobacco Dam. Anglers are welcome to use the other fishing access points at the Smallwood Dam on the southeast side of the water channel and on Secord Dam on both sides of the water channel
Stabilization activity will ramp up later in July on Sanford and Edenville dams. This work will include efforts to put the river back on course and close the breachways
Design and engineering for restoring and renovating Secord and Smallwood dams has begun and will take about a year to complete
Debris removal will begin soon at the north end of Wixom Lake. We will need to use property owner yards for temporary holding of the items as they are gathered and disposed of. FLTF volunteers will be knocking on doors to get approval from homeowners for this activity. There also will be debris removal happening further up the lakes
Debris barriers and booms are being installed near the Tobacco, Secord and Smallwood dams. These large, orange floating booms will improve public safety around the dams and be in place for the life of the dams
Bottomland vegetation control will begin later this summer. We are collaborating with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE,) the townships and weed assessment districts to work out a plan. It is too early to share details but property owners can look for a more specific plan later this summer. Be assured the option will be safe for people, pets and desirable plant life. Safety is our first priority
FLTF posted lakebottom access and usage rules on its website. The page shares the do's and don’ts of using the lakebottoms whether that's to fish or remove stumps. Check it out today if you have plans to do any activity on the lakebottoms.