Contract negotiations between Schoolcraft County and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources toward reopening the Merwin Creek Campground in Manistique Township and the Mead Creek Campground in Germfask in the state’s Upper Peninsula are progressing, according to the Escanaba Daily Press.
The DNR closed the campgrounds this year due to budget constraints, resulting in discussions for alternative local management. Manistique Township has pledged $1,000 annually for Merwin Creek maintenance and several Eagle Scout organizations have offered to donate labor.
“We’re at the point now where there may be some minor language changes in the agreement, and we’ve written a short-term escape clause for both parties which the DNR still has to accept,” said Keith Aldrich, Schoolcraft County Board chairman. “But we hope to have both campgrounds reopened next year.”
Aldrich, along with Commissioner John Zellar, plans to meet again the DNR to work out the final details before bringing the finished agreement to the board for a vote.
“The thing we have to keep in mind,” said Manistique Township Supervisor Jim Barr, “is that those campgrounds support outfitters who employ people. Without the campgrounds, they are hurting.”