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Mich. Begins to Develop a New Campground

September 13, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Kal-Haven Trail (green line) is a 33.5 mile long linear multi-use trail that links Kalamazoo (at right), a major southwest Michigan city, to South Haven (at left), a Lake Michigan resort area. The trail starts in South Haven on North Bailey Avenue and ends in Kalamazoo on 10th Street.The route of the Kal-Haven Trail originally was a railroad completed in 1870. The railroad bed has been converted to a trail with a limestone/slag surface. It is usable for all non-motorized bicycles, hiking, and snowmobiling (when there is a 4-inch snow base). The state of Michigna proposes to acquire land near the west end of the trail where it crosses the Black River. Map courtesy of the Kal-Haven Trail website.

The state of Michigan wants to buy the 58-acre Riverwoods on the Trail site along the Black River and Kal-Haven Trail in South Haven Township and turn it into a campground.

The Township Board voted Wednesday night (Sept. 11) to approve a letter of support for the state Department of Natural Resources’ efforts to get the land. A bank owns the failed development property east of Blue Star Highway, the Herald-Palladium, Benton Harbor, reported

“The property would be an asset to the state park system due to the close proximity of the Kal-Haven Trail leading to nearby city of South Haven, the Black River and the potential for full hook-up camping opportunities,” DNR Lands Specialist Paul Yauk wrote in a Sept. 6 letter to the township.

Township Supervisor Ross Stein said the Riverwoods developers had municipal water and sewer service brought to the site. No homes were ever built, however.

Yauk said the DNR envisions the campground to have full-service sites and primitive sites.

 

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