Friday, January 4, 2008

Newaygo County Land Swap Gives Public River Access

Felch Ave at the Muskegon River
Felch Avenue at the Muskegon River
Mary and Gary Vos have agreed on a compicated land swap which results in the preservation of about 59 wooded acres along the Muskegon River.

The Voses have accepted 31 acres with no river frontage which are adjacent to land they already own near 88th Avenue. The state then purchased 29 acres at the end of Felch Avenue from the Voses.

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has drawn up a conservation easement to prevent development on all but one acre of the land.

The property the DNR acquired has 2,900 feet of river frontage and will become a "passive recreation area" with a parking lot and launch site for canoes and kayaks, a DNR spokesman said.

from the Grand Rapids Press, "Newaygo Co.: Swap helps preserve riverfront land", by Jeff Alexander, Jan 4, 2008
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