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Michigan's UP Parks Reopen After Duck Lake Wildfire

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June 21, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Red area shows the location of some 21,000 acres in Upper Michigan's Luce County where the Duck Lake Fire raged for two weeks. Map courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan officials are reminding tourists that several state forest campgrounds affected by a huge wildfire in the Upper Peninsula are reopening, MLive.com reported.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave an update on the fallout of the Duck Lake Fire on Thursday (June 20). The fire was detected north of Newberry on May 24 and covered more than 21,000 acres (32 square miles). It was 100 percent contained by June 9.

The areas that have been reopened include Bodi Lake state forest campground and boat launch, which did not sustain any damage from the wildfire. The day-use area, bridge and boat launch at the Mouth of the Two Hearted River state forest campground have reopened. Tahquamenon Falls State Park also remains completely open for park visitors and campers.

“In addition to the areas we have reopened to visitors, there are more than a dozen state forest campgrounds in Luce County that were not impacted by the fire and remain open for business as usual,” DNR Parks and Recreation Division district supervisor Rich Hill Jr. said in a statement.

All state and county roads in and around the areas affected by the Duck Lake Fire are also open.

There are some areas that remain closed, however. Those include Loop No. 1 camping area at the Mouth of the Two Hearted River, which has a target reopening date of June 29. Loop No. 2 sustained heavier tree-related and infrastructure damage and remains closed indefinitely.

Other closures include Pike Lake state forest campground and boat launch, the Two Hearted ORV Trail east of County Road 414 and the campground at Culhane Lake state forest campground.

Culhane Lake’s boat launch has reopened to the public.

More details are available at http://www.michigan.gov/camping.

Click here to see a larger detail map showing the boundaries of the fire.

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