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DNR Announces Closure of 20 State Forest Campgrounds


The Department of Natural Resources today announced the closure of 20 state forest campgrounds throughout the state to facilitate a $75,000 reduction in state General Fund appropriation to the Recreation and Trail Program for fiscal year 2007. The campgrounds will be closed effective Monday, July 9, 2007.

State forest campgrounds are within state forest lands in Michigan, and are not state parks. State forest campgrounds offer a more rustic setting for primarily tent camping. Basic campsites are $15 per night or as posted at the campground information stations. State forest campgrounds are not staffed and are not a part of the DNR's online reservation system.

"To be forced to limit any outdoor experience has been a very difficult decision for the department," said DNR Director Rebecca A. Humphries. "Michigan's natural resources offer amazing recreational opportunities, and we encourage everyone to camp at one of the 118 campgrounds that will be open the remainder of this season."

All 138 state forest campgrounds were reviewed in developing the closure list. The three factors that were considered in developing the list include revenues collected per campground, revenues per campsite and revenues per mile. The combined factors placed the closed facilities at the low end of the revenue-producing state forest campgrounds. Closing them will provide a cost savings to the program, DNR officials said.

Campground closures will occur in the following counties: Alpena, Antrim, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Crawford, Luce, Marquette, Oscoda, Otsego, Schoolcraft, Grand Traverse and Wexford.

The remaining 118 state forest campgrounds will be open and available for rustic camping throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula.

Dispersed camping (camping outside of designated campgrounds) on state forest lands is prohibited within one mile of designated state forest campgrounds. There are no fees for dispersed camping.

For additional information on state forest campgrounds that will be open the remainder of this season, please visit the DNR Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/dnr and click on Recreation and Camping.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
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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)
Johnson's 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



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