I hope you saw Mike Terrell‘s wonderful article in the Record Eagle yesterday about our trails at GO•REC. You can read it here https://www.record-eagle.com/news/go/on-the-trail-former-boy-scout-outdoors-retreat-now-a-treat-to-explore/article_f620c8b8-e09f-11ea-9788-5fa3ebde6638.html
Mike references Rennie Lake, and our management for wildlife habitat as part of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. I recognize that concern about watercraft on Rennie Lake is ongoing. So I wanted to take this opportunity and clarify our policies.
Under most circumstances GO•REC does not allow public motorized access to the waterfront. If you have a kayak trolley, we do allow small personal non motorized watercraft such as canoes and kayaks to be delivered over land to our waterfront. Michigan State Law requires that they must first be free of aquatic organisms, including plants, with drain plugs removed from bilges, ballast tanks, and/or live wells. Our policy is that watercraft must be dry and/or washed before putting in.
As your neighbor, we are doing what we can to ensure the safety and health of our community. If there is a need for special access in the interest of life or property, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We will consider certain carefully planned exceptions.
As an outdoor educator, GO•REC aspires to best practices in Leave No Trace and certainly the rule of law. We have conferred with experts in water quality, conservation, environmental science, and others at local, state and federal levels to ensure we are doing our due diligence as we welcome new and different users onto our property.
Please reach out to me directly if you have additional thoughts. And if you are participating in United Way’s Day of Caring, consider helping us with the trails! :) Click here https://unitedwaynwmi.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=536239
Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, and take some time outdoors - keeping 6 feet of distance of course :)