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Round Lake Campground Reopens as Construction Delayed in Huron-Manistee National Forests

The Round Lake campground and day-use area, nestled in the scenic Huron-Manistee National Forests near Sand Lake, Michigan, has officially reopened to the public. This development follows the postponement of planned construction work due to budgetary constraints, as per a report.

Officials announced the delay after bids for the campground’s updates exceeded budget expectations. 

This unexpected financial hurdle has led to a reassessment of the project’s designs and funding avenues. The focus remains on crucial repairs, especially the retaining wall situated between the boat ramp and the campground itself.

District Ranger Ben Wiese commented on the situation, highlighting the site’s popularity and the pragmatic decision to reopen. “Opening the site until we resolve funding issues was a logical decision since Round Lake experiences high use,” Wiese stated. He also noted the likelihood of construction activities resuming in 2025, ensuring minimal disruption to visitors.

Despite the construction delay, the campground remains a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting 33 sites spread over two loops. While only a fraction of these sites offer water access, the campground is well-equipped with necessary amenities like vault toilets, garbage services, and standard picnic and campfire facilities at each site.

Round Lake itself, a 91-acre expanse mostly bordered by private land, offers the sole public access through the campground. Meanwhile, the nearby Sand Lake Picnic and Swimming Area, located on the 248-acre Sand Lake, provides exclusive public access to its beach and picnic spots.

The region is renowned for its rich array of recreational opportunities. Anglers frequent the waters for sunfish, bass, and pike, while a gravel boat ramp facilitates boating activities. The sandy beach adjacent to the campground offers a relaxing spot for campers and day visitors alike.

The Huron-Manistee National Forests, where the campground is located, span nearly one million acres between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. This vast natural space is open for both motorized and non-motorized recreation throughout the year, highlighted by trails and campgrounds along four nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers: the Pine, Manistee, Au Sable, and Pere Marquette.

The forests are home to diverse wildlife, including the Kirtland’s Warbler, Piping Plover, Karner Blue Butterfly, and Pitcher’s Thistle, contributing to the region’s ecological richness and drawing nature enthusiasts from across the country.

Featured image by Round Lake Campground via recreation.gov 

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