Port Crescent State Park, a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts along the shores of Lake Huron, has announced a significant development plan for the 2024 season.
The park’s modern campground will be closed throughout the year to facilitate a $3.25 million upgrade project. This closure is part of a broader initiative under the Building Michigan Together Plan, which has earmarked $250 million in federal funds for state parks.
The comprehensive upgrade at Port Crescent State Park will encompass a range of improvements.
The park’s 142-site campground will undergo a complete overhaul, including the installation of new water, sewer, and electrical systems. The renovation will also see the addition of new features to enhance the camping experience.
Officials have stated that the campground’s road and sanitation station will be upgraded. These improvements are aimed at increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the park’s facilities. The project will also introduce new site numbers for all camping spots, ensuring easier navigation for visitors.
The renovation plan includes the addition of 12 full hookup sites, catering to the growing demand for such facilities among RV and camping enthusiasts. The park will also see the construction of new sanitation station lanes and a revamped layout, further modernizing the camping experience.
In addition to these upgrades, the park will feature two beach showers, additional parking spots, and a retaining wall. These additions are expected to enhance the overall usability and accessibility of the park. The electrical system will be completely overhauled, and new sewer and water lines will be installed, ensuring a more reliable and efficient infrastructure.
The park’s roads will be repaved, and the drainage system will be improved. These changes are designed to provide a smoother and more comfortable experience for visitors, regardless of the weather conditions.
While the campground will be closed, Port Crescent State Park will remain open for day-use activities throughout the construction period. This will allow visitors to continue enjoying the park’s amenities, including its scenic views and recreational opportunities.
The park’s beach house, which has undergone a $1 million upgrade, is set to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. The upgrade includes new water, sewer, and electrical systems, making the facility more modern and comfortable for visitors.
Port Crescent State Park has also received a $700,000 investment for the improvement of its day-use roads and parking lot. This funding is part of the $4.95 million allocated to the park from the Building Michigan Together Plan.
The park, spanning 640 acres at the tip of Michigan’s thumb, is known for its 3 miles of sandy Lake Huron beaches, offering stunning sunset views. It also features a dark sky preserve, providing unique opportunities for stargazing.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities at Port Crescent State Park, including hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, birding, and cross-country skiing. The park’s extensive trail system and the Pinnebog River offer additional recreational opportunities.
Featured image from Michigan Department of Natural Resources.