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As Alpena, Mich., explores the possibility of building an RV park at Mich-e-ke-wis Park, Alpena County-owned campgrounds and the parks committee have begun making plans and improvements to accommodate more RVs.

Managers of the parks said 2017 was a good year and they expect 2018 to be as good, if not better, according to The Alpena News. They said the the use of RVs by campers continues to climb and all are taking steps to attract more.

Long Lake Park is hoping to take advantage of improvements to the park and additional room to accommodate larger campers. According to Park Manager Sarah Jore, a new bathhouse and playground are being built and some of the parks 95 campsites are being groomed to accommodate more and larger RVs. She said the numbers of campers using RVs is increasing so it is important the park adapt to the trends of its customers.

“When the sites were made many years ago they were smaller and more rustic. We’re going to be taking trees out so they can fit a 40-foot camper,” Jore said. “Last year we saw mostly RVs and fewer pop-up campers and tents. It seems they keep getting bigger and bigger, so we need to make more room for them.”

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