Michigan Campground Closure Plan Delayed

May 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking another look at its plan to close 23 state forest campgrounds, Associated Press reported.

The campgrounds are in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula and aren’t used much. The DNR proposed closing them to save money at a time of budget cutbacks.

Director Rodney Stokes had planned to sign a closure order May 12. But spokeswoman Mary Dettloff says it was delayed so the department can talk with local governments interested in running some of the campgrounds.

Officials also will consider having state park officials take over maintenance of certain forest campgrounds, which are more primitive than those at the parks. Dettloff says the parks division has already agreed to operate the Lime Island campground.

But she says some forest campgrounds probably will close.


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