Menominee River recreation plans aired

PEMBINE, Wis. – The public has an opportunity to review and comment on draft plan concepts for the Menominee River State Recreation Area master plan at two upcoming open house meetings.

The meetings will provide opportunity to review and comment on future land and recreation management for the recreation area.

Master plans and management plans guide management activity on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s owned lands and are updated every 15 years.

Established in 2010, The Menominee River State Recreation Area in Marinette County and Dickinson County consists of 7,283 acres of recreation lands that includes 17 miles of Menominee River frontage that includes Piers Gorge, Quiver Falls Rapids and Pemene Falls.

The recreation area offers camping, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, ATV and snowmobile trails.

The states of Michigan and Wisconsin are cooperatively planning this property. The draft plan concepts emphasize 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, Wisconsin DNR officials said.

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 draft plan concepts and related documents are available by searching the Wisconsin DNR website dnr.wi.gov for keywords “master planning” and then clicking on the link for the Menominee River State Recreation Area.

The open houses will be both run from 5 to 7 p.m. with a short presentation summarizing the draft concepts at 5:15 p.m. and will be held:

– Wednesday, June 11, at Faithorn, at Faithorn Township Hall, W8508 County Road 577.

– Thursday, June 12 at Green Bay, Wis. at Brown County Public Library Weyers-Hilliard Branch 2680 Riverview Drive.

People may provide comments on the draft plan concepts during the open houses as well as online or by U.S. mail. The comment deadline is June 30.