Pickerel Lake Access Site improvements underway|
State recreation officials today noted that construction underway on the boating access parking area at Pickerel Lake in Washtenaw County is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.
The construction will resolve a long-standing erosion problem at the site. Crews are grading the quarter-mile access road from Hankerd Road and repairing washouts. The 10,000-square-foot parking area also will be graded and filled with compacted stone designed to stabilize the sand and prevent erosion into the lake. Large boulders will ring the parking lot to prevent vehicles from traversing beyond the parking area. A total of 17 parking spaces will be created. Preliminary construction estimates show the project will cost less than $50,000.
Late this summer, a 150-foot boardwalk to the water’s edge will be implemented to make the site fully accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Pickerel Lake, located in the Pinckney Recreation Area, is a 23-acre impoundment surrounded by undeveloped state land. It is connected by a channel to Crooked Lake, which offers a rustic State Park campground. Its sandy bottom and deep waters are especially popular with swimmers and anglers.