GAOA – Forest Road 3925 Rehab

GAOA - Forest Road 3925

Work began June 7 on Forest Road 3925, one of the ten Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) projects selected for funding on the Ottawa National Forest.  

Gogebic County Road Commission crews have started work on culvert replacements and will work from east to west towards Indian Village Road. After the culverts are replaced work will begin on ditching and then graveling the road.  

Work will occur into mid-July, with some work happening into next year's construction season.  

The Ottawa National Forest was provided with $317,555 through GAOA to complete the work on the road through a Cooperative Road Agreement with Gogebic County.  

Project work on the 6.1 miles of road include re-ditching, aggregate placement, culvert replacements and improvements to the approaches onto the county road.  

Forest Road 3925 is a key access to lands that are the historic home of the Chippewa (Ojibwa) tribe for centuries. The road provides critical access to significant tribal burial grounds, the Katakitckon village, tribal housing, powwow grounds, and wild rice gathering sites. 

This road also provides access to Lax Vieux Desert Lake. Lax Vieux Desert is a 4,017-acre lake, with 1/3 located in Michigan and 2/3 located in Wisconsin. The lake is part of the Wisconsin River headwaters, and is one of two locations in Michigan that are part of the Mississippi River watershed and drainage. The lake is a tourism draw for both Michigan and Wisconsin for fishing and camping. 

A cooperative forest road agreement is a formal agreement that allows the Forest Service to work cooperatively with State, county, or local public road authorities for the cooperative planning, survey, design, construction, reconstruction, improvement and maintenance of Forest Roads.