State Planning to Close 23 Campgrounds

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan parks officials said Thursday they plan to close 23 state forest campgrounds on May 19 as they grapple with budget reductions.
The campgrounds are located in the state's Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.
The closings were formally proposed at a meeting of the state's Natural Resources Commission. The order is eligible for action and signing by Department of Natural Resources Director Rodney Stokes at a May 12 commission meeting.
The campgrounds targeted for closing are seldom-used compared to other campgrounds. Many are near some of the other 110 state forest campgrounds that would remain open for the upcoming season.
State forest campgrounds are more rustic and have fewer amenities than Michigan's state parks. Forest campgrounds generally are unstaffed, but require upkeep that is increasingly difficult given the budget problems.
The campgrounds that would be closed are:
--Beaufort and Big Lake state forest campgrounds, Baraga County.
--Black Lake Trail Camp, Cheboygan County.
--Lime Island State Forest campground and cabins and Munuscong River State Forest Campground, Chippewa County.
--Manistee River Bridge State Forest Campground, Crawford County.
--Deer Lake State Forest Campground, Iron County.
--Bray Creek State Forest Campground, Lake County.
--Blind Sucker (hash)1, High Bridge, Holland Lake, Natalie and Reed & Green Bridge state forest campgrounds in Luce County.
--Black River State Forest Campground, Mackinac County.
--Little Wolf Lake State Forest Campground, Montmorency County.
--McCollum Lake State Forest Campground, Oscoda County.
--Pigeon Bridge and Round Lake state forest campgrounds, Otsego County.
--Canoe Lake, Cusino Lake, Mead Creek and South Gemini Lake state forest campgrounds in Schoolcraft County.
--Long Lake State Forest Campground, Wexford County.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    If it is something the rich like to do or use as a product,it will remain open or no high tax will be put on it.Make pot legal,tax the heck out of booze like they did tobacco.No that won't happen but could support so many programs.Like many before RS once voted in it tends to be their way or no way.helping there cause.Bush &family plus friends OIL people. RS.business person making the rich -richer.Jenny did her things trying to put some canadas ways upon Mich.People need to think Not what party it is but what ones elected can do for their cause,not the all peoples cause.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    At the price they charge for a lot,it is cheaper to go to a hotel room than go camping. These spots could be converted to parks easily
  • by Blake.Davis on Apr 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    This is a good idea. Need to cut spending anyplace that is viable! People can use other camp grounds that are just as nice or better!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    Many are not using these campgrounds any ways.If they charge ,who has the money? Not the poor in Michigan,Or the thousands homeless,or the jobless,or and so on.Who can afford to travel from other states.We seem to be having a greed issue causing high gas prices.With all NOT going on in Michigan I don't think we need so many in upper Government either.We are paying them to ruin this state way to much pay.Get rid of a bunch & lower pay to rest.Michigan may stand a chance.Sure would save money.
  • by dave Location: east lansing on Apr 8, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    I guess "Slick Rick" probably don't camp much. I bet no country clubs are going to close
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