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News for January 25, 2022

Interlochen State Park’s Modern Campground Won’t Open on Time

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Campers won’t be able to stay at Interlochen State Park’s (Michigan) renowned modern campground until the close of June, a report said.

This week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that the campground, including cabins and a sanitation station, is not opening at the scheduled time due to continuing construction work on a much-needed wastewater treatment plant. Any information regarding this project is expected to be announced in the middle of March.

The Green Lake rustic campground of the park will be open on the regular date of April 25.

“As we have posted in the past, this upgrade is needed to ensure that the waste collected at the park is treated to allowable standards and to protect the groundwater and our two wonderful lakes,” as per the statement.

Sewage control is still an issue in the Grand Traverse County park. In May 2019, the park was able to do away with a state park policy that allowed non-campers to utilize sewage disposal facilities for $10. The facility was offered exclusively to campers.

“Our past practice to allow any use, as long as someone had a Recreation Passport, to dump or take water, is having a significant impact to our infrastructure, our resources, and our ability to serve our customers efficiently,” a statement read at that time.

“Our current wastewater treatment plant is overwhelmed, and we are struggling to meet the requirements set forth in our discharge permit. We are currently in the process of having a new system designed, but for now, have to do what we can to protect the system we have for our paying campers.”

New facilities are currently in the process of being built.

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