Memorial Park Boat Launch Ribbon Cutting October 26

The City of Frankenmuth invites you to the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening of the newly renovated boat launch on the Cass River in Frankenmuth’s Memorial Park.  The event will take place on Thursday, October 26 at 4:00pm.  We encourage the public to bring a boat to try out the new launch.   After a short ceremony, the launch will be open for public use.   

This $300,000 renovation project replaces the old narrow and shallow launch that was difficult for boaters to use with a new wider and deeper launch. The new launch can accommodate two boats at a time, with a skid pier in the center to make it easier for people to get on and off boats. This project also includes a new foot bridge and wheelchair accessible path to a fishing platform on the riverbank. This provides a convenient fishing opportunity from shore for those that don’t have a boat or are physically unable to get on a boat.     

 This boat launch is the only one on this section of the river.  These renovations were crucial in keeping the launch functional, sustainable, and maintaining access to this natural resource in a very desirable area. This project focuses on creating desirable public recreation opportunities, while supporting local and regional efforts to improve this water resource and sustaining this area as a successful tourism destination through eco-tourismThis project coincides with other projects to improve the Cass River.  The Frankenmuth Fish Passage project in 2015 created a rock ramp in the river to allow fish to pass the Frankenmuth dam.  With more fish above the dam, the demand for public access to this section of river is expected to increase in the coming years.  This site is also part of the Cass River Water Trail and because of that, the shoreline was modified to better accommodate paddlers that canoe and kayak on the river. The Water Trail is made up of 13 access sites along approximately 40 miles of river from Vassar to Saginaw.

 The City recognizes and thanks the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN), Frankenmuth Community Foundation, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, and McNally Family Foundation for funding support and making this project possible.

 We hope to see you on October 26th for the ribbon cutting.