Managed Retreat from Coastal Erosion at Muskallonge Lake State Park

A grant from the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program was used to study erosion at Muskallonge Lake State Park. This remote, bluff-lined 217-acre park covers over a mile of Lake Superior shoreline and serves as a popular tourist camping destination. A steep, 50-foot high bluff was heavily eroded, threatening park infrastructure and natural features. The study showed that construction of a seawall or revetment may provide temporary relief but would be expensive to build and maintain and would destroy the recreational beach. The decision was therefore made to move park infrastructure (buildings and roads) landward instead. (2016)

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Partners: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program