Improvements begin at five State Forest Campgrounds : MI

Article Posted: April 09, 2003

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Improvements begin at five State Forest Campgrounds

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced that five State forest campgrounds will close temporarily for renovations during the coming weeks.

Michigan campers have access to 145 State forest campgrounds statewide. These areas offer a more rustic, secluded camping experience on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors interested in the areas listed below should call ahead to ensure the campgrounds have reopened. The improvements slated for this spring will make the following State Forest Campgrounds compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to enhance campers’ experience in the years ahead:

* BLACK CREEK, Midland County, Gladwin Management Unit

Closed April 13; Re-opening July 1.

Contact: Jerry Turner, Sanford Field Office, 989-687-7771

* BAXTER BRIDGE, Wexford County, Cadillac Management Unit

Closed April 27; Re-opening May 5.

Contact: Paul Kollmeyer, Cadillac Operations Service Center, 231-775-9727, Ext. 6051 or Baldwin Field Office, 231-745-4651, Ext. 6950

* HOUGHTON LAKE, Roscommon County, Roscommon Management Unit

Currently Closed; Re-opening June 9.

Contact: Lee Osterland, Roscommon Field Office, 989-275-5151, Ext. 2750

* JONES LAKE, Crawford County, Grayling Management Unit

Closed May 4; Re-opening 2004 Camping Season

Contact: Larry Allwardt, Grayling Field Office, 989-348-6371, Ext. 7450

* WEBER LAKE, Cheboygan County, Gaylord Management Unit

Closed May 28; Re-opening July 1.

Contact: John Lange, Indian River Field Office, 231-238-9314

Campers throughout Michigan are reminded to exercise extreme caution when transporting firewood this year. The Emerald Ash Borer is a new exotic pest found in Southeast Michigan that quickly kills ash trees. Firewood infested with this, or any other exotic insects and diseases, can easily be spread across the state. Campers are urged to use local sources of firewood, and burn all firewood before returning home. For more information, visit the state’s Emerald Ash Borer website at

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