DNR seeks public input on F.J. McLain State Park management plan

LANSING -?The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a new General Management Plan to guide the future of F.J. McLain State Park, located on the shores of Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Public input is an important part of the planning process, and there are several upcoming opportunities for people to share their opinions and ideas.

The first is via online survey, available through Sept. 14 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/McLainSPSurvey. Survey results will provide valuable information to the planning team. The DNR will also host an open house later this year (details yet to be determined), providing another chance for public input and information sharing.

F.J. McLain State Park includes 443 acres and two miles of Lake Superior shoreline, located between Calumet and Hancock in Houghton County. The park’s location in the heart of “Copper Country” makes it an ideal base for visitors to explore the many attractions in the area.

Park visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, windsurfing, beachcombing, sight-seeing, hunting and watching the beautiful sunsets.

“This management planning process will address the ongoing shoreline erosion and the impact it will have on the recreational assets at this park,” said Debbie Jensen, DNR park management plan administrator. “Public input will provide a framework for managers as we plan for the future.”

The DNR uses General Management Plans to define long-range planning and management strategies for state parks and recreation areas. This General Management Plan will assist the DNR Parks and Recreation Division in meeting its responsibilities to 1) protect and preserve F.J. McLain State Park’s natural and cultural resources and 2) provide access to quality land- and water-based public recreation and education opportunities. Learn more about the DNR’s General Management Plan process at www.michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

For more information about the McLain State Park survey or the proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen at (517) 284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing-impaired).