Kayak-launching vessel planned for Pictured Rocks lakeshore

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MUNISING, Mich. (AP) - Kayakers are getting a new opportunity for touring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

A tour boat that will launch kayaks while offshore is in production and expected to be launched this year.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Moran Iron Works has signed a contract with Pictured Rocks Kayaking to provide the tours.

The launch vessel is designed to take 72 passengers and 36 kayaks around the park's Lake Superior waters, serving as a launching and landing station for the smaller craft. The vessel is being built at Moran's headquarters in Onaway.