ONTONAGON, Mich. (WLUC) - The Lake Superior Sportsman's Club has announced plans to build a new indoor shooting range and clubhouse.
As part of an ongoing partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the LSSC plans to begin phase one of construction on their brand new facilities adjacent to the current facilities located just off M-64 in Ontonagon in the spring of 2019.
Club President, Walt Toepfer says the new facilities are a massive upgrade that will help continue an enduring legacy that builds Michigan’s rich hunting a fishing heritage.
"Oh it'll be a major upgrade. We have no real running water up here. So it's very crude. The other place we'll be bringing in water from the pipeline out on M-64. We'll have nice indoor facilities and the shooting range will be attached, too, and it'll be a modern updated shooting range," Toepfer exclaimed.
Toepfer says once finalized in 2020, the new facilities tilted ‘Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club – Western U.P. Shooting Complex’ will be capable of holding indoor and outdoor shooting events simultaneously. The new range will accommodate handguns and high powered rifles with shooter-controlled target distances.
Toepfer says three indoor range options are being considered; 5, 7 or 10 shooting lanes. The new facility will cost an estimated $1.8 to $2.4 million, respectively. Toepfer says they're working to raise funds through the end of the month which will be matched in-kind by the DNR.
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Formed in 1970, The Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club operates on 15 acres of land leased from the Michigan DNR.
The current facilities were re-purposed from a former prison camp according to Toepfer. The current clubhouse, indoor range was built in the 1950s. The final phase of the upgrade includes plans to demolish the current facilities and re-purpose that parcel into the outdoor shooting range.
Toepfer says the Club's goal is to promote shooting sports and outdoorsmanship for men, women and children across the entire western Upper Peninsula.
The club and its members engage in various activities including archery, concealed pistol courses, trappers’ workshop, ladies' day, vintage rifle shoot and more.
Club membership is open to anyone 18 and up who wants to join. However, many activities are offered to non-members.