Joint Press Release – Teal Lake Beach Project

The City of Ishpeming, City of Negaunee, and the Rotary Club of Ishpeming are announcing an  update to their joint dock cooperation project. Announced in fall of 2018, the original project called for an ADA dock and beach improvements on the west-side of Teal Lake.

Spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Ishpeming, it was soon realized that improvements to the beach area would not produce desired results. The project now has turned to installing two dock systems on both ends of Teal Lake.

Both docks will be provided by EZ-Dock and will be of universal accessible design, one step higher than ADA standards. The docking system on the west-side (Ishpeming), will handle both canoes and kayaks. The east-side (Negaunee), will be able to handle canoes, kayaks, and the skulls used by the Marquette Rowing Club. This project is slated for a 2022 completion date, but will depend on funding.

According to Negaunee’s City Manager, Nate Heffron, there is an underserved population due to the lack of facilities for persons who cannot access their water craft without assistance or specialized equipment on both ends of Teal Lake. “This population includes, permanently disabled persons, temporary or therapeutically disabled persons, and elderly persons”, Heffron said.

Plans are underway to submit grant applications through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Recreation Passport Grant Program. Both grants are to be sought in order to improve the chances that one may partially fund the estimated $152,000.00 project.

Currently, the Rotary Club of Ishpeming has already committed $10,000 to the overall project and will be looking to add some additional funding from a Rotary District Grant, that may provide up to an additional $7500.00. In addition to this commitment, the club recently submitted a grant to the TruNorth Credit Union and was awarded $1000.00 for the project.

The club has also committed to raising the funds necessary to match a hopeful MNDR grant, as well, as seeking out other individuals and groups willing to support the project.

City Managers from both communities have committed up to $5000 each and will be looking to work with their respective councils to budget for this project in 2022.

“We see this project as a great opportunity for both communities to work together and provide a much-needed asset, not only to our residents, but for visitors too”, City Manager of Ishpeming, Craig Cugini stated.

Next steps for this project include, gaining letters of support and financial support, , gaining council approvals, application submissions, and obtaining the proper permits. Submission deadlines for these grants is April 1, 2021.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11, and City Manager Craig Cugini at (906) 485-1091 ext. 204.