Friday, January 23, 2009

Sleeping Bear Cruise Could Be Offered this Summer

Sleeping Bear
Sleeping Bear Dunes- Lake Michigan (photo by Carol Spears, Wikimedia, public domain)
based on a news release of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, "Frankfort to Sleeping Bear cruise proposed," by Melissa Domsic, Jan 20, 2009

It’s possible that one might be able to see the mighty Sleeping Bear from the lake side this summer even if you don’t own a boat. John Madigan, part owner of the Pictured Rocks Cruises, is in talks with Frankfort City officials. Dock space needs to be secured, and a building to lease for a ticket booth.

If those details can be worked out there may be three tours a day leaving from Frankfort, each lasting about three hours. The boats would cruise past Point Betsie Lighthouse, follow the edge of Platte Bay and continue to Sleeping Bear where they would turn around and return to Frankfort. The tours would be narrated, and the price would be affordable for families.

John Mills, Frankfort city superintendent, is supportive, but says that more of the details need to be ironed out before any promises are made.

Dusty Shulz, superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, sounded excited when asked what he thought. “It’s a great visual effect of the blueness of the water compared to the dunes.”

Madigan says that he wants to offer another tourist opportunity to help Michigan’s economy. It would be a positive experience for the west Michigan area, with potential for job creation.

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