The Torch River is popular with anglers and recreational enthusiasts in Michigan.
So popular, in fact, that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making improvements to the Torch River boating access site on Aarwood Trail in Clearwater Township (Kalkaska County).
To aid users with the highly popular launch spot, 15 vehicle/trailer parking spaces are being added. Other traffic-control measures will improve visitor access to the site.
The two-phase project is planned for this spring. Phase One work to clear trees for the additional parking began Feb. 17. The site will remain open to the public during the first phase.
Information on the second phase, including the start date, estimated time of closure and alternative area launch sites, will be announced in early spring.
Funding for this project is provided by the Michigan State Waterways Fund, a restricted fund derived from boat registration fees and the state’s marine fuel tax. This fund is designated for the construction, operation and maintenance of public recreational boating facilities.