NORTHERN MICHIGAN - The Huron-Manistee National Forest will begin opening facilities and providing services at trailheads and river access sites and will begin opening developed campgrounds as circumstances allow, in coordination with local, state, and federal health guidelines.

Group campsites and facilities at Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice.

For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information, visit the Huron-Manistee National Forest’s website as fs.usda.gov/hmnf.

Campgrounds that are not opening until a later date include: Lake Michigan Recreation Area, Sand Lake, Peterson Bridge, Bowman Bridge, Gleason’s Landing, Highbanks, Old Grade, Pines Point, Bear Track, Hemlock, Seaton Creek, Nichols Lake, Monument, Sawdust Hole, Blacksmith Bayou, Marzinski Horse Camp and Suicide Bend.

“While we understand there may be some excitement to return to these recreation areas, there may be limited services or spaces available” says Leslie Auriemmo, Forest Supervisor. “We ask that visitors please continue to follow local, state and federal guidelines on staying safe and practice good hygiene and social distancing wherever they choose to visit.”

Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit and to pack out everything they bring, especially trash. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance.

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