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MUNISING– The National Park Service (NPS) has released a Revised Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the use of personal watercraft (PWC) on Lake Superior within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as was required by a U.S. District Court. The Revised EA analyzes several alternatives related to PWC use within the Lakeshore, and includes an additional alternative that was not included in the original EA released for public review and comment in October 2017.
Under NPS regulations, PWCs are defined as watercraft which are usually less than 16 feet in length, use an inboard internal combustion engine powering a water jet pump as its primary source of propulsion, and is intended to be operated by a person or persons sitting, standing, or kneeling on the vessel.
The NPS has selected an alternative for implementation that will continue to allow PWC use under the current regulation within the park between the park’s western boundary near Sand Point to the east end of Miners Beach.
More information, including the full FONSI and Revised EA can be found at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/piropwc. Limited hard copies are available at the Pictured Rocks Headquarters (N8391 Sand Point Road, Munising).