Michigan leases 1st of 23 state forest campgrounds

10:22 PM, Jun 8, 2011   |    comments
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CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has leased the first of 23 state forest campgrounds it can't afford to keep open this year.

The DNR announced Wednesday that Clinton Township in Oscoda County was the first to accept the department's offer. Township officials will manage the McCollum Lake State Forest Campground in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Township Supervisor Ken Troyer says the township expects to realize enough savings under its management to break even or turn a profit on running the campground.

The DNR isn't closing any state parks.

However, it says it doesn't have enough money to keep open 23 of the state forest campgrounds. Those tend to be far more rustic, with pit toilets and no electrical hookups.

From the Associated Press

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