DNR Proposing to Close 23 State Campgrounds

The Department of Natural Resources announced today a need to close 23 under-performing state forest campgrounds because of a decrease in funding. The campgrounds slated to close are in bother the Lower and Upper Peninsulas. The proposal will be submitted today at the DNR meeting in Lansing. If approved by the next meeting in May the campgrounds would close by May 19 of this year. State forest campgrounds are not state park campgrounds. Funding for state forest programs has been cut every year since 2009. This year the funding is expected to be reduced by over $300,000 dollars. For the latest developments in this story, stay with 9&10 News. A list of the campgrounds that may close is below: Beaufort and Big Lake state forest campgrounds – Baraga County Black Lake Trail Camp – Cheboygan County Lime Island State Forest Campground and Cabins and Munuscong River State Forest Campground – Chippewa County Manistee River Bridge State Forest Campground – Crawford County Deer Lake State Forest Campground – Iron County Bray Creek State Forest Campground – Lake County Blind Sucker #1, High Bridge, Holland Lake, Natalie and Reed & Green Bridge state forest campgrounds – Luce County Black River State Forest Campground – Mackinac County Little Wolf Lake State Forest Campground – Montmorency County McCollum Lake State Forest Campground – Oscoda County Pigeon Bridge and Round Lake state forest campgrounds – Otsego County Canoe Lake, Cusino Lake, Mead Creek and South Gemini Lake state forest campgrounds – Schoolcraft County Long Lake State Forest Campground – Wexford County