Wisconsin and Michigan DNRs prepare draft master plan for Menominee River State Recreation Area

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  1. By Northeast Region August 4, 2016

    Contact(s): Jeff Prey, Wisconsin DNR 608-266-2182, [email protected]; Debbie Jensen, Michigan DNR, 517-284-6105 or [email protected]

    PEMBINE, Wis. -- The public is invited to review and comment on the draft Management Plan for the Menominee River State Recreation Area at two upcoming open house meetings.

    The draft management plan emphasizes protection of the scenic river corridor for river-based recreation but also envision a number of improvements to the recreation area facilities that will advance recreation experiences. Those improvements shared between the states include improved river access, restroom facilities, more camping opportunities, picnic areas, trail developments and educational and interpretive resources.

    The Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources are cooperatively planning for the future of this recreation area. Management plans define a long-range management strategy that will assist the agencies in carrying out their mission to protect and preserve the site's natural and cultural resources and to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

    Public meetings will provide opportunity to review and comment on future land and recreation management for the recreation area. They will be held:

    • Tuesday, August 23, Norway, Mich., 6-8 p.m. CST, Norway High School, 300 Section St.
    • Wednesday, August 24, Pembine, Wis., 5-7 p.m. CST, Pembine Township Hall, N18765 Sauld St.

    These open houses will begin with a short presentation summarizing the draft concepts, but the public are welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour period to review the planning material, provide comments and talk to DNR staff.

    Members of the public may provide comments on the draft plan conceptsduring the open houses; by email to [email protected] or [email protected]; or by U.S. mail to Debbie Jensen, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division, P.O. Box 30257, Lansing, MI 48909-7757. Comments will be accepted until September 5, 2016.

    Established in 2010, the Menominee River State Recreation Area in Marinette County, Wisconsin and Dickinson and Menominee Counties, Michigan, consists of 7,652 acres of recreation lands that incorporate 17 miles of Menominee River frontage, including Piers Gorge, Quiver Falls Rapids and Pemene Falls. The recreation area offers camping, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, ATV and snowmobile trails.

    The draft Management Plan and related documents are available at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "master planning" - select the link for the Menominee River recreation area.

    Last Revised: Thursday, August 04, 2016