Future travel on, off Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair causing concern for residents

Champion's Auto Ferry says they will stop ferry service

Published On: Aug 15 2012 01:22:54 PM EDT
CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

Plans by the operator of the ferry to Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair to end service are causing concern among residents who rely on it for year-round travel.

David Bryson, president and CEO of the Champion's Auto Ferry said he intends to retire in a letter submitted to the The Michigan Public Service Commission.

The commission says Bryson stating his letter serves as, "official notice" that the company intends to discontinue ferry service at some point.

The company has said traffic is down and it faces pressures from the cost of fuel, labor and insurance.

The ferry runs in St. Clair County's Clay Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit.

Currently the service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is the main method of traveling on or off the island for nearly 1,200 residents.

The commission directed the ferry company to submit a proposal within 120 days regarding reliable transportation to and from Harsens Island after the retirement of Bryson.

The company was also directed to publish a notice in the Harsens Island and Algonac newspapers by Sept. 14th and on the company's docks.