State closing 20 campgrounds to save money
Why doesn't 2-Penny Jenny just put a giant CLOSED sign at every entrance into this state?
TRAVERSE CITY - 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.
State Forest Campgrounds Closing
Effective July 9, 2007
ATLANTA MANAGEMENT UNIT (3 close; 10 remain open)
Twin Lakes, Cheboygan County
Black Lake Trail Camp, Cheboygan County
Thunder Bay River, Alpena County
CADILLAC MANAGEMENT UNIT (1 close; 13 remain open)
Long Lake, Wexford County
GAYLORD MANAGEMENT UNIT (2 close; 8 remain open)
Pinney Bridge Antrim County
Stoney Creek Trail Camp Cheboygan County
GRAYLING MANAGEMENT UNIT (3 close; 14 remain open)
Walsh Road Trail Camp Crawford County
Muskrat Lake Oscoda County
McCollum Lake Oscoda County
GWINN MANAGEMENT UNIT (2 close; 15 remain open)
Pike Lake Marquette County
N. Horseshoe Lake Marquette County
NEWBERRY MANAGEMENT UNIT (4 close; 13 remain open)
Shelldrake Dam Chippewa County
High Bridge Luce County
Headquarters Lake Luce County
Bass Lake Luce County
PIGEON RIVER COUNTRY (1 close; 7 remain open)
Johnsonís Crossing Otsego County
SHINGLETON MANAGEMENT UNIT (3 close; 8 remain open)
Mead Creek Schoolcraft County
N. Gemini Lake Schoolcraft County
S. Gemini Lake Schoolcraft County
TRAVERSE CITY MANAGEMENT UNIT (1 close; 15 remain open)
Forks Grand Traverse County