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Points North, Ep. 48: High water threatens Point Betsie, and what's next for commercial fishing?

Taylor Wizner
Interlochen Public Radio
The Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort is damaged from high water and waves.

This week on Points North: The foundation of the historic Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort is crumbling.

High waters and waves cracked the barrier that protects it from Lake Michigan.

Plus, there are not many commercial fishers left in the Great Lakes.

In Michigan, they have long been at odds with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Now people who catch fish to sell say the state is attempting to put them out of business.



High water threatens Frankfort's Point Betsie Lighthouse

Credit Taylor Wizner / Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen Public Radio
The barrier that separates Point Betsie Lighthouse from Lake Michigan gets pounded by waves.

Large waves and Lake Michigan’s record high water level is breaking down the barrier that protects the historic Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort. 

Key parts of the structure are fractured and falling apart.

Supporters of the lighthouse are trying to get repairs done but a lengthy process may stand in the way.

Read the full story here. 


Michigan’s feud over Great Lakes fish moves to Senate

A drone captured an aerial photo of Fishtown in Leland, Michigan.
Credit Gary Langley, an FAA certified sUAS pilot

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Commercial fishers are in an uproar about legislation that passed the Michigan House of Representatives last week. 

They say it’s the latest attempt to end commercial fishing in the Great Lakes state.

DNR officials say they are just updating archaic laws.

Read the full story here.