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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2005

Contacts: Mark Sine 810-327-6224 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014				
Lakeport State Park Improvements Completed

Campers visiting Lakeport State Park will find two new toilet/shower buildings and a revamped campsite layout in the north campground which is opening for reservations today, state parks and recreation officials announced.

The new structures replaced 1950s-era buildings, meet Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Act Guidelines (ADAAG), and will serve up to 200 campers. Along with the new structures, water and sewer lines were replaced and universally accessible water spigots were installed.  A. Z. Shmina served as general contractor for the $1.6 million project.

"These new facilities will provide a better camping experience for our visitors," Lakeport State Park Manager Mark Sine said.

Campsites were renumbered and many sites expanded to accommodate larger camping units. Roads have been reconfigured using one-way directions to minimize congestion and increase safety. Split-rail fencing was added to highlight the trail to the beach.  

Approximately 21 campsites will not be available until later in July as vegetation is re-established and very few sites are expected to be available for the July 4th holiday weekend, Sine said.

Located on Lake Huron, Lakeport State Park has two distinct units separated by the village of Lakeport. All sites have a picnic table, fire circle and electricity. The day use area, one mile south of the camp ground, also is adjacent to Lake Huron. Visitors can enjoy the beach, and there are many areas for secluded picnics, bird watching, or just relaxing. Recreation amenities include picnic tables and barbecue grills plus horseshoe pits and volleyball nets. Highway US-25 runs through the park and divides the day use area into two areas, but a pedestrian overpass provides safe passage to both areas.

Reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-447-2757 (1-800-44PARKS). 

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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