- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

BLISS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - What used to be a 150-acre lake near the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula is almost gone, and Michigan says it hasn’t decided whether to rebuild the dam that created it in the first place.

O’Neal Lake is in Emmet County’s Bliss Township, about 10 miles southwest of Mackinaw City. The state installed the O’Neal Lake Dam in the 1950s to create waterfowl nesting sites, but heavy rains this summer caused it to break.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources operations manager Bryan Mastenbrook tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/10LITXG ) that it’s one of several older dams that have burst and says the DNR hasn’t decided what to do.

Neighbor Dave Burfield heads the group Save O’Neal Lake and says he worries about fish dying when the remaining water freezes.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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