Part of the Baraga State Park will be closed throughout this summer as $1.2 million in upgrades are completed. If you enjoy being bunched up, with a bunch of people next to a highway, this campground is for you. But if you’re a real camper, $1.2M is too much to be spent on where you’re staying. But the Baraga State park is always flooded with people, and with being the oldest U.P State Park, it makes sense that there is funding coming in.
The 56-acre park is along the Lake Superior shoreline on Keweenaw Bay, offers 114 campsites, a mini-cabin and a teepee. Beginning May 1, the north side of the campground will be closed for construction, reopening June 28. The south side closure will begin July 15 and continue through the end of the camping season. Construction is expected to be completed by Nov. 1. – MLive.com
“The project will be completed in two phases,” said Dan Dowdy, supervisor of the Baraga State Park Management Unit. “We understand this will cause some disruption for campers and we appreciate in advance the patience of park visitors as we make these substantial upgrades.”
Park improvements will include an upgrade to the electrical system, resulting in new 20/30 and 50-amp services, site renovations to include camper pads, more pull-through sites and the addition of 14 full-hookup sites offering 50-amp service, plus water and sewer.
“The new campground design will result in the availability of 95 sites that will accommodate larger recreation vehicles and electrical pedestals,” Dowdy said.
The park’s sewage wet well and pumping station will be upgraded as well. Funding for the project is from the Park Improvement Fund, which is derived from user fees and park camping and lodging fees.
“Staffers at Baraga State Park are very excited to see the final product and be able to offer extended services to our park visitors,” said Kelly Somero, Western U.P. recreation programmer.
“Our park is already a great place where visitors have made lifelong memories for decades. These new campground upgrades will help ensure folks will be making memories here for decades into the future.”
Take a look at the map of the future of Baraga’s State Park.
Baraga State Park was established in 1921 and is the oldest state park in the Upper Peninsula. While trying to find old pictures, I came across these couple.. gave me chills. Think about everything this property has seen.
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