The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division is seeking public comments on a proposal to develop a new campground at Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota. The project would convert the existing Gooseberry Glen campground to a day-use area, and redevelop the former park manager’s residence into lodging for visitors, according to an announcement.
The public can comment on a draft management plan amendment for the state park, which also describes a route for the Whitewater Loop State Trail through a portion of the park.
As part of the public review, DNR staff will hold an open house at the Whitewater State Park Visitor Center on Tuesday, March 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for anyone interested in commenting on the plan amendment.
The plan is available for review at www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/parks/whitewater.html.
Copies of the plan will also be available to review at the Whitewater State Park Visitor Center, located 3 miles south of Elba at 19041 Highway 74 in Altura.
Whitewater State Park, established in 1919, encompasses limestone bluffs, uplands and ravines along the middle fork of the Whitewater River. The state park boundary includes 2,691 acres, of which 1,653 are owned and managed by the DNR. Park facilities include two campgrounds, a group center, three group camps, picnic areas, a visitor center, and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.
Those unable to review and comment on the draft amendment at the open house can submit comments via phone or email to Jade Templin at 651-259-5598 or [email protected].