I receive Google alerts for various tourism related information. This a.m. I received an alert for an editorial that appeared in the Oakland Press. I have read SO many news items in regards to the closing of these state forest campgrounds and to be honest, I’m getting tired of hearing how badly the closings will affect the Michigan economy. With that in mind, I sent the following email to two editors in the Oakland Press paper;
I have read the editorial in regards to the closing of some of the Michigan State Forest Campgrounds and how it affects the Michigan economy. This is not the first editorial about this situation that I have read.
There are two sides to this story… The closing of the state forest campgrounds not only will save the state monies in terms of funding said properties, but it allows opportunity for the struggling private campground owners to pick up the slack by providing sites for the displaced campers.
The state’s loss could very well be the private campground owner’s gain when it comes to helping boost the state’s tourism economy. The U.P. especially has been affected by the price of gas and the lack of tourism dollars, not just the camping end of it, but everything in general. However, since Dan and I own and operate our own campground and lodging, of course, we are concerned about the camping end of things. OUR biggest competition is the Tahquamenon Falls State Park; our 2nd one is Muskellunge State Park. I realize there is a huge difference between state forest campgrounds (the type that have been closed) and State Park campgrounds, but the closing of some of these forest campgrounds SHOULD be seen as an opportunity for campers and campground owners.
The state forest campgrounds are totally primitive camping and the rate went up to $15.00 per night. Our park, for example, offers everything from primitive camping to full hook ups. Our primitive camping guests pay $16.00 per night AND have full use of the bathrooms, showers and other facilities and features of our park.
There have been quite a few articles/editorials written in various papers about the closing of the state forest campgrounds and how detrimental this is or will be to Michigan, but it seems that the private campgrounds have been totally ignored when it comes to the importance of their part within the struggling Michigan economy and in particular the LOCAL economy. It IS a trickle down effect.
Thank you for your time.
Cathy Clementz & Daniel Clementz
Clementz's Northcountry Campground & Cabins
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