State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, is proud to announce the fishing access site on the Middle Branch River outside of Marion is once again open for business. A number of downed trees had been blocking access until the representative alerted the DNR

“I am glad to see people once again using the access site and enjoying all our local community has to offer,” Potvin said. “I know how frustrating it could be to lose the ability to fish and appreciate the outdoors in this beautiful Michigan fall. This is a season for people of all ages to enjoy all this state has to offer, including the fish of the Middle Branch River.”

Sometime this summer, a large storm took down a number of trees that blocked access to the river. The trees made it impossible to fish or access the river. Rep. Potvin heard there was a problem and went to work getting the trees removed.

“I want to thank the DNR especially for working with me on getting this site open and working so quickly to address my concerns,” Potvin said. “When we went back to check on their progress, we saw the downed trees were gone and someone had even used a new stump as a stool — they must have either been fishing or just enjoying the view. And now with the fallen trees cleared out, we can all use this site to enjoy Northern Michigan’s great outdoors once again.”