Michigan community seeks federal grant to develop campground – CBS Detroit

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (AP) — A community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is hoping the federal government will make a big bet on camping.

Negaunee officials said they are seeking a $3.6 million grant to develop a 71-site campground and associated all-terrain vehicle trail.

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“Negaunee is at the crossroads of all modes of recreation, from hiking to biking, snowmobiling to mountain biking,” said City Manager Nate Heffron.

If the city gets the money from the federal government, it will still have to contribute close to $1 million for the project. Officials in Negaunee, located about 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) west of Marquette, believe the campground would be solidly booked from May through October at $50 a night.

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Construction could start in 2023.

“Negaunee will begin to mark a new and aggressive era of investment in public parks,” Heffron said.

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