Batty Doe Lake Road in Mackinac County to close for bridge replacement, road repairs

Contact: John Pepin, 906-226-1352
Agency: Natural Resources

Aug. 18, 2021

A black-and-white photo of an old timber bridge over a river

A temporary closure of Batty Doe Lake Road, west of Gould City near Heinz Lake, will go into effect Aug. 23 and is projected to end Oct. 1. The closure will allow for the completion of a road improvement project. Signage will be posted announcing the closure. 

The work will involve the demolition of an old bridge over the Milakokia River, construction of a new timber bridge and the addition of culverts that will improve road conditions and drainage.

The project will be completed by Roy Ness Contracting & Sales, Inc. from Escanaba with design and oversight from U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc. from Sault Ste. Marie. It will cost $246,648 and be paid from the Forest Development Fund.

An alternative access point to Batty Doe Lake Road is South Gould City Road to Leveille Road. 

For the latest updates on DNR closures, visit the closures webpage. 


Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Caption information follows.

  • Closure area map: A pdf map showing the location of the bridge closure and an alternate access point via Gould City Road. 
  • Old Batty Doe bridge: An aging bridge over the Milakokia River will be replaced by a new timber bridge.
  • Water over road: New culverts will be installed to improve road drainage.