DNR enforces camping rules
By Jim Anderson
Iron Mountain Daily News
IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is enforcing occupancy rules at state forest campsites, issuing citations to campers who leave a site unoccupied for more than a day.
“You can’t just stake out a site and not use it,” explained Ann Wilson, DNR communications representative for the Upper Peninsula.But some campers are growing leery of setting up on state property, risking $90 fines if they leave the site unoccupied, said Howard Miller, a Felch Township resident.Miller said campers are grousing that the DNR is too vigilant about enforcing little-known regulations.
According to the DNR’s general rules for state forest campgrounds, a campsite may be left unoccupied for no more than 24 hours.The DNR is responding to incidents of campers setting up early in the week to “save” a site, but not actually occupying it until the weekend, Wilson said.
Fees at state forest campgrounds are generally $10 per night, but fines for rules violations might run as high as $100 or more per ticket.
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