By Paul Schmitt
A proposed safe harbor located between the Whitefish Dunes State Park’s office and Cave Point County Park may not have the backing of the parks’ Friends group, but a member of the Door County Conservation Congress still believes the positives outweigh any concerns. Dick Baudhuin, a long-time member of the Conservation Congress, says the location makes sense because it is state-owned property already. He says safety is the number one reason the safe harbor is needed on the lakeside.
Baudhuin says the 25-mile stretch of shoreline needs public boating access for rescue personnel in case of an emergency on Lake Michigan. Parking can be expanded without detracting from the beauty of Whitefish Dunes State Park and Cave Point County Park, according to Baudhuin. He adds that the cost factor is always a consideration but funding sources are available and the popular Stone Quarry launch ramp on the bayside did not come cheap either.