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Saving a Gift of Nature

Grand Marais Harbor & Breakwall Restoration Project

Grand Marais has been the site of a beautiful natural harbor for hundreds of years, sheltering ships from harsh Lake Superior storms.

And now...

The Harbor needs YOUR HELP

Harbor Harbor Harbor

After more than 50 years of asking for help…

┬áSeveral Homes are GONE…

A Township Park is GONE…

Large Amounts of Property are GONE…

An Entire Island is GONE…

An Entire Bay is GONE…

And Finally the Ultimate Price: LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST

This is the price the small coastal community of Grand Marais has paid for a situation that they DID NOT create. When the harbor was changed in order to better serve as a federally designated “Harbor of Refuge” in the late 1800s, little did the citizens know what was to come.

After maintenance was stopped on the breakwall in 1943, it was inevitable that bad things would happen. (The breakwall was constructed, along with two piers, to stop sand from entering the Bay on northeast winds.)

This small community (having been referred to as the Mouse that Roars and the Little Town With A Big Heart) is determined to correct this horrible wrong. Money has been appropriated by the Federal government amounting to approximately $1.7 million for this project. The community also voted in a millage to support the harbor restoration project. This millage along with an assessed fee from the Township Campground brings in about $14,000 per year. There currently is about $84,000 available in Township Funds for the Harbor project.

Citizens and friends of Grand Marais are determined to get the Breakwall rebuilt and save this harbor of refuge. Lake Superior, and the bay that provides access to it, is the heart of this community. Grand Marais depends almost entirely on tourism. The big draw is being a coastal community. If the bay ceases to exist, the tourism base (boating, swimming, fishing, escaping Lake Superior’s fury) will also cease to exist.

Funding is being aggressively sought from all avenues (federal, state, local, private) to achieve a goal–SAVE GRAND MARAIS HARBOR!!!

GRAND MARAIS IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!!!

Save Your Harbor DVDs are available for sale. Please contact the Burt Township Offices at 906-494-2381 for more information.