Michigan Closing Campgrounds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

At the height of summer outdoor recreation season, Michigan is closing 20 state forest campgrounds at least temporarily because of the tight budget.

The campgrounds mostly are in the northern Lower Peninsula and eastern Upper Peninsula. Closing them will enable the state's Recreation and Trail Program to absorb a $75,000 cut, the Department of Natural Resources said Friday.

The closures take effect Monday and continue through the remainder of the 2007 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Whether they will reopen next year will depend on funding, said Jim Radabaugh, state trails coordinator.

"To be forced to limit any outdoor experience has been a very difficult decision for the department," DNR Director Rebecca Humphries said in a statement.

State forest campgrounds are different from campgrounds in state parks, many of which provide modern amenities such as electrical hookups for recreational vehicles. The state forest campgrounds are more rustic and suitable primarily for tents.

Despite the closures, an additional 118 state forest campgrounds will remain open.


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  • by Crippen Location: Lansing on Jul 11, 2007 at 09:25 AM
    Gee, didn't our fishing and hunting licenses go WAY up to cover DNR costs? TOTAL LIE! So much for PURE MICHIGAN! What Michigan? During peak camping season you shut down campgrounds. DUH! Impeach the gov. We are totally disappointed with this economy in this state. Along with that we have the highest gas prices in the nation.
  • by D Location: Potterville on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    I dont believe it is right to close state camgrounds. I personally spend $100's of dollars a year at the state campgrounds. If the state is going to keep closing tourist areas then I family and freinds will start going to other states for vacations and activities. We need to spend a little less money on "FUNERALS" for words and start putting the money into the state if we have that much extra floating around for senceless things.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:41 PM
    Now can they do this with some of the other services that may not be essential, like the statehouse or the governor mansion.
  • by Jacob Location: Jackson on Jul 10, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    What is wrong with us, everything is closing, and why???? Because too much is spent on wages, everyone thinks they need more and more and more. There is only so much in the well, and everyone knew sooner or later the well would dry up. Each year money is found for raises then there is nothing left to run the place, schools are a good example of this. We have made computers to be smarter than us. We get no respect from our children. The schools have taught them to fear nothing, they are their own person and they have choices, now the schools have a big problem with them and they send them back to the parents, and our hands are tied. We can’t get help as there are NO FUNDS available, why you ask, all the monies was used for raises. We need to get ALL people in government OUT and start over. Look at Kennedy, he has been in so long and he is totally worthless. How much does he get paid a year to do nothing? I bet he get a yearly increase and you can bet it is going to be bigger that ours, and what about all his ‘perks’. Close things NO, quit pay increases they are alright if given within reason. Bosses think a twenty five cent per hour increase is ‘great’, for you but how much do they get???
  • by matt Location: Monroe on Jul 10, 2007 at 05:09 AM
    When Engler was walking out, he commented on the MESS he had left for Granholm, after he chuckled about the fact that Michigans new governor was a woman. I remember as he was leaving for Washington. I don't hold Jenny totally blameless though, she is making cuts where she promised she wouldn't. I didn't like her view on welfare, I know people who are milking it. I know alot of people wothout A/C. Get rid of the unemployment rate, it will help this mess alot, its a TRICKLE down effect.
  • by Rick Location: Stockbridge on Jul 10, 2007 at 04:02 AM
    What Tim said 1. Ken is right on too, except that what they tend to cut first out of the school budget is sports (which parents already have to pay for). And, Jennifer's remark misses the point that despite what Engler did, we have a balanced budget ammendmentin our state constitution. So, given that she failed miserably in her first term, we should give her a second chance? I beleive that given enough rope....she'll hang us all. The argument that the "risk of replacement being worse than the original", indicates complacency. The same mindset that opposes term limits, ie; better the devil you know than the devil you don't." Well, I'm ready for a different devil. Recall her before she burries us. The situation we are in is just like the late '70's. Rising taxes shrinking population = failing state.
  • by Jennifer Location: Okemos on Jul 9, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    I don't think the blame should always and constantly go directly towards the current governor. Remember, Engler left us with a huge mess of deficit that the current governor has to do her best to work around. I am disappointed in much of her performance on some major issues, but am getting tired of hearing that EVERYTHING in this state is Granholm's fault. "Fire Jenny and hire someone else" is a shortsighted statement, IMO. Everyone knows it's never that simple, and you always run the risk of the replacement being worse than the original.
  • by Eunice Location: Mulliken on Jul 8, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    GO home Governor ..Your ruining everything here. >> I totally agree with Tim and JB on what the said.. Fire the gov and get someone in here before she ruins everything..
  • by Ken on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    Whenever government officials want to raise taxes, they always cut financially insignificant, but popular government functions first, in an effort to increase public support for raising taxes. No different than President Clinton closing passport offices and national parks when he and Newt Gingrich shut down the federal government. Some of the States said they would supply the personnel to "man" the National Park infrastructure but that was, of course, vetoed by Clinton. This is similar also to school administration behavior when millages fail; cut bus services that the people rely on FIRST.
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Jul 6, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    This is just one more example of our governor's incompetence. Keep making cuts, and in the meantime, let some more sex offenders out of prison! (For those of you who don't know, her definition of "nonviolent" includes rape)
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