Roadside parks open late

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Department of Transportation has opened most roadside parks in the Upper Peninsula for the season, but several in Alger, Keweenaw and Luce counties will remain closed until Monday.

MDOT maintains 32 roadside parks in the U.P. and most were opened earlier this week. Typically, the agency opens the parks in late April, but the openings were delayed due to heavy snow, ice and high water.

“We always try to reopen roadside parks early in the spring whenever possible,” said MDOT Superior Region associate engineer for operations Jack Bedard. “This year, winter hung on later than usual so we’ve had to keep some of the parks closed a bit longer.”

The scheduled Monday openings of five parks in Alger County, one in Luce County and three in Keweenaw County were delayed until remaining snow melts, high water recedes and ice at facilities thaws.

The parks set to open Monday include the Kiva roadside park on U.S. 41 South in Alger County; the AuTrain, Deer Lake, Scott Falls and Grand Island roadside parks, all on M-28 in Alger County; Old Flowing Well roadside park in Luce County; the Esrey and Hebard roadside parks on M-26 in Keweenaw County; and the Snow Gauge roadside park on U.S. 41 in Keweenaw County.

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