Changes eyed for Island Lake campground

MUNISING – The Hiawatha National Forest has announced a public comment period for a project which will make several changes at the Island Lake Campground, located about 10 miles south of Munising.

Comments are due by March 1. Proposed work on the campground could begin this spring.

Rangers said various proposals have been for the campground in the past, including a proposal in 1993 to close the south loop where 21 camping sites are located. That proposal was implemented in 1995 and reduced the number of sites at the campground from 45 to 23.

The current proposal would improve outhouse facilities, reduce the number of unused campsites, reopen lake campground sites, improve lake access for anglers and rehabilitate closed sites and trails.

In addition to the changes in the campground, some changes to the way the campground is administered would occur. The Forest Service would eventually like to remove the campground from concessionaire operation, add it to the National Reservation System and reduce the fee charged at the site from $16 per night to $8 per night.

A detailed proposal and maps can be found at:

Mail or hand-deliver comments to Becky Cain, Subject: Island Lake Campground Project, 400 East Munising Ave., Munising, MI 49862. The office hours for comments delivered by hand are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed holidays). Faxed comments may be sent to Becky Cain at 387-2070.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is