State Rep. Dave Prestin today voted for a planned recreational upgrade in Schoolcraft County that he worked to secure in the Legislature.
Within House Bill 4238 is grant funding to:
- Expand the Manistique Lakeshore Campground: The project will add a 4-acre parcel of land on U.S.-2 adjacent to the Lakeshore Campground in the City of Manistique on Lake Michigan. This acquisition will allow the camping area to expand significantly. The campground features sites with full hook-up, pull-through sites, and rustic tent-only sites. The park includes a beach, pavilion, playground, and boardwalk. The purchase will also allow the development of a trailhead on U.S.-2 for the Iron Belle Trail.
“The U.P. sets the standard for outdoor recreation,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “We have some of the finest natural resources in the state, which allows folks to partake in nearly all recreational activities. This upgrade will help enhance the quality of life for both residents of and visitors to the City of Manistique and Schoolcraft County as a whole.”
Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from revenues generated by the development of minerals on state land – not taxpayer money – and is distributed on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The money must be used for land acquisition or recreational development projects, according to the Michigan Constitution. The trust fund program dates back to the 1970s.
The recommendations within HB 4238 advance to the Senate for further consideration.
Dave Prestin is serving his first term in the Michigan House. Prestin serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.
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“Pure Michigan has long been an instrumental force in bolstering the state’s tourism industry,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “The short-sightedness of the Democrats in majority will lead to a less competitive Michigan. Therefore, my colleagues and I directly asked the governor and state appropriation chairs to restore this critical funding.”