Burns Waterways—Boat Capacity Study

by John T. Hannon, City of Portage, Portage, United States,
Robert P. Moore, City of Portage, Portage, United States,
Larry W. Ryan, City of Portage, Portage, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Marina '91

Abstract: The results of a boat capacity study for the Burns Waterway located in the city of Portage, Indiana, close to the southern tip of Lake Michigan are presented. More than 650 recreational boats now use the Burns Waterway as a harbor of refuge and for access to Lake Michigan. Four additional marina sites having potential impact on the Waterway have been proposed. In total, over 2,000 new slips have been proposed. On Saturday, June 30, 1990, an on-site boat count survey was conducted on the Waterway. A mail survey was also conducted. Approximately one half of the boaters used the Waterway on the date of the survey. A significant percentage of the boaters believe the Waterway to be heavily congested. On holidays and pleasant-weather weekends the Waterway already operates at capacity. Efforts must be made to maintain safe unobstructed channels and to increase channel widths.

Subject Headings: Waterways | Small craft | Hydrographic surveys | Ports and harbors | Traffic surveys | Lakes | Traffic safety | Traffic capacity | North America | United States | Lake Michigan | Indiana | Michigan

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