- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - Ludington State Park officials are seeking information about a long wooden object after it washed up on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Park manager Jim Gallie and park interpreter Alan Wernette think the mysterious debris could be part of a shipwreck or a piece of old jetties. But Gallie said he will consult with state marine archaeologist Dean Anderson for help in determining the source of the 15-foot section of connected wooden pieces.

Gallie said Anderson will try to identify the object through photos and could inspect it in person later this month.

“It has a lot of similarities to pieces of the jetties that have washed ashore in the past,” Gallie told The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1O9vfAE).

A passerby discovered the debris about a mile south of where the Big Sable River enters Lake Michigan. Numerous jetties, or walls built out into the water, were built in the area to protect the adjacent roadway, Gallie said.

But that doesn’t rule out the possibility that the debris is part of a shipwreck, Gallie said, because such debris does occasionally wash ashore.

“This is a great opportunity to educate people about the lake and lake levels, even if it isn’t a piece from a shipwreck,” Wernette told the Ludington Daily News (http://bit.ly/1IsRKQK ).

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