WHITEFISH POINT, MICH. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society is pleased to share that the parking lot project at Whitefish Point is moving along swiftly. The construction company Payne and Dolan along with the Chippewa County Road Commission showed up at Whitefish Point on 05-22-2023 and got right to work. As of today, they have torn up the whole parking lot and will be ready to do the reconstruction after the Memorial Day weekend.
With all the work going on parking is currently a small challenge, however, workers will be there to direct you where to park. They have also set up cone paths for visitors to safely walk to the Shipwreck Museum site and avoid the construction area. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is open during this process, 9am-5pm every day. Construction will stop over the Memorial Day Weekend.
“We have finished preparing the base for the north parking area, the expanded parking areas on either side of the road, and the roadway itself. Next, we will be working in the old gravel lot.” Stephanie Boileau, County Highway Engineer of the Chippewa County Road Commission said. “I will have more details about the weekend tomorrow once I figure out where we stand, but we will cease work earlier in the day on Friday and the parking lot can operate as normal during the holiday weekend (it will remain gravel, however, so please encourage visitors to remain alert/observant of their surroundings and expect uneven terrain).”
“We thank our guests to Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum for their patience as we work our way through these important construction projects. Accessibility is limited in certain areas, but we are still open daily at the museum from 9am-5pm,” reflected Shipwreck Museum Executive Director Bruce Lynn.
The Shipwreck Society, along with Seney National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS) and Michigan Audubon Society have been working together since 2012 on this project, please log onto shipwreckmuseum.com for more information and updates related to available parking areas as this project moves forward.
Thank you for your patience as we transition to this new and improved parking lot! Again, we will remain open during construction.
For more on the parking lot project contact us for interviews and photos.
Corey Adkins, Content/Communications Director, GLSHS.