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Crooked River Locks: Public Notice

Army Corps to keep Crooked River Lock in Alanson CLOSED to complete repairs

DETROIT — The Crooked River Lock in Alanson, Michigan will remain closed for the remainder of the season to perform critical maintenance this fall. This decision was made Thursday, September 14, 2023 between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District (USACE) and Emmet County leadership for the safety of the public.

Replacement parts for a faulty safety relay allowing the lock to reliably open and close remain on backorder. The Detroit District, in conjunction with Emmet County, which operates the lock under an agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, decided Thursday to close the lock early for the season for safety of the public, and to conduct a thorough inspection and development of a robust repair plan to prevent unscheduled 2024 closures.

Boaters will not be able to pass through the lock between the mouth of Crooked River and Crooked Lake during the closure.

Historically, the Crooked River Lock shifts to weekend operations in October and closes in November to overwinter.

“Closing the lock early for the season will allow our maintenance team time to develop a plan and make long-term repairs to this important recreational lock, providing safe and reliable passages for the public,” said Cindy Jarema, Chief of Operations & Maintenance for Detroit District.

The Detroit District plans to perform maintenance this fall, including the replacement and repair of the electrical safety relay and an inspection of the lock to determine additional future maintenance funding requirements.

The lock is part of the popular, 36-mile Inland Waterway beginning at Lake Huron. The structure became necessary after dredging in the 1950s to maintain the water levels in Crooked River and Pickerel Lake.




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ARPA Grant Information

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will deliver $6,400,000 in federal funding to Emmet County to aid in economic recovery to ensure growth and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Emmet County has received numerous requests for funding. With so many competing priorities, the county had previously sought input from the community on how best to utilize these funds. ARPA funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024, and expended by December 21, 2026.

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DPW Attendant (No CDL)

Victims Advocate/Witness Coordinator

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