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DNR seeks input on development of Betsie River access site

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Division will host an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in Room 206 of the Benzie County Governmental Center, 448 Court Place in Beulah, Mich. The open house will offer the public an opportunity to provide input and suggestions on the development of a proposed access site on the Betsie River, located off Kurick and Dziubanek roads in Manistee County.

Proposed access site improvements may include barrier-free enhancements, design of the parking area and future site improvements. DNR Parks and Recreation staff and a DNR Fisheries biologist will be on hand to field questions and comments.

Anyone needing accommodations to attend the open house should contact Grawn Field Office supervisor Hampton Hobson at 231-263-7905 at least five business days prior to the meeting. For details or updates on this project, please contact Hobson at hobsonh@michigan.gov. To view locations of public boat launches in Michigan, visit www.mcgi.state.mi.us/MRBIS.

Michigan is one of the nation’s leaders in registered watercrafts, approaching nearly 1 million. Boaters enjoy more than 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams and 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline – more than any other state. This project is supported through the Michigan State Waterways Fund, which is comprised of revenues received from boat registrations and marine fuel taxes. These revenues are dedicated by state law to be used for the benefit of boating, including the construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking “YES” for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can experience real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan’s outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. For information on Passport Perks shopping discounts or how businesses and retailers can enroll in the program, visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks.