The state has dedicated close to 16 million dollars of American rescue plan money toward the state park system. Various upgrade projects are included in the allocations, and will improve state parks in Bay, Cheboygan, Delta, Iosco, Mackinac, Monroe, Ontonagon, Saginaw, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The smallest and largest projects will be in southeast Michigan, at the Waterloo Recreation Area and a 7.5 million dollar project to make structural repairs and remove lead paint from Belle Isle Park.
The Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park was included on the list of parks receiving funding, they will use 1 point 5 million dollars to improve staff quarters, the park’s mechanic shop, complete renovations to the Kuag Wudjoo Modern Lodge. Michigan state parks have seen a 30 percent increase in visitors coming to enjoy the state’s many beaches, trails and small towns. Check out the other ARPA funded state park projects here.