Michigan State Parks Reporting Good Season
Officials at state parks in Michigan’s Cheboygan County are reporting that camp nights are up over last year, and all are expecting full campgrounds for the traditional end-of-summer getaway this Labor Day weekend, the Cheboygan Daily Tribune reported.
Burt Lake State Park supervisor Kelly Kinser said camp night attendance numbers are increased 700 over last year at the campground with 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline on the southeast corner of Burt Lake. The park covers 406 acres.
“It’s been a very good summer for us. It’s been a great summer for boating,” said Kinser.
Kinser said reservations are booked Friday-Sunday this weekend, with the exception of a few first-come, first-serve sites, which she said will go fast.
“Right now it’s feeling really busy,” said Kinser.
Most state park visitors in Cheboygan County rein from Michigan, but area park officials do report a fair number of visitors from Canada and neighboring states Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. Persons can check on availability in all state parks in the case of cancellations at (800) 44-PARKS.
Burt Lake State Park employs up to 20 during the season. It has 305 campsites and one mini-cabin. All sites have electrical capacity with 20-, 30- or 50-amp access. The full-full service park also has a water sanitation station and restroom and shower facilities.
During the height of the season, Kinser said the park hosts some special activities, but those events are winding down with the end of the season in sight. She added park officials are looking forward to the new path development that will border the park along South Straits Highway as part of the township’s Safe Routes to School Pathway project.
Just around the bend at the Tip of the Mitt is the vast Wilderness State Park encompassing 10,500 acres with 26 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Park supervisor Burr Mitchell said the camp night numbers are about 100 ahead of last year, with cabin nights and stays at the group camp location running about dead even with last year. Day use was a little down this year, but Mitchell attributes the unusually warm weather in the spring of 2012 to that year’s higher numbers.
The park, which employs about 19 during the season, has 250 sites all with 20- or 30-amp electrical access and restroom and shower facilities. There are six rustic cabins and a group camp where a minimum of five campsites must be taken together by one party. The group camp is used by youth groups and other organizations and sometimes for private parties such as a wedding celebration.
Park ranger Pam Rhine said the weekend sites are full with the exception of a few first-come, first-serve sites. She said Labor Day weekend is always a great time at the state park. “We have a talent show every year. We have found we have some amazing talent in the park. It’s a lot of fun.”