NEWAYGO– Consumers Energy announced that a Croton Dam parking area will be reduced and the canoe portage will be relocated to the east side of the Muskegon River starting April 29 to safely accommodate construction activity at the site.
Fencing will indicate the closed section of the west upper downstream parking lot near the dam’s fishing pier, which will be reduced by roughly half its size, and signs will direct users to the temporary portage. The site’s fishing pier will remain open.
“It’s necessary to temporarily reduce the parking area and close the west canoe portage for safety while crews replace an abutment wall to upgrade our Croton Dam,” said Matthew Carmer, Consumers Energy’s natural resources administrator for hydro operations. “Fortunately, the east side of the river will be unaffected by the upgrade work and we are able to relocate the portage there so recreationalists may continue to portage the dam for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed this October.”
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.