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Water levels lead to yacht club closure

May 3, 2019

The Ludington Yacht Club building closed Wednesday due to the high water level of Pere Marquette Lake, and it is expected to remain closed for about a week while the gravel road connecting the clubhouse to the Copeyon Park area is raised higher.

The road was approximately 3 to 6 inches underwater on Wednesday and Thursday, depending on the fluctuations of the lake level, according to Ludington Yacht Club Commodore Tim Tibbits.

The high water causes the biggest problems for the road and the exterior components of the clubhouse’s plumbing system, which were both below the lake level, Tibbits told the Daily News Thursday.

The club turned off its plumbing system until a tube can be installed to raise the plumbing’s outdoor components about 3 feet above the lake level.

“The good news is the docks are all floating docks, so we don’t have an issue with the boats that are in. The clubhouse is fine — it’s raised enough that that’s not a problem for us,” Tibbits said. “It’s the plumbing that’s the challenge and the egress in and out of the club.”

To read the full story, check out the print or E-edition of Friday’s Ludington Daily News.