2017-04-20 / Front Page

Progress continues on city campground

Manistique Lakeshore Campground set to open this summer


Above, what will be the day-use pavilion at the new Manistique Lakeshore Campground is taking shape, as construction crews rally to meet the impending June deadline for opening. 
Pioneer Tribune photos Above, what will be the day-use pavilion at the new Manistique Lakeshore Campground is taking shape, as construction crews rally to meet the impending June deadline for opening. Pioneer Tribune photos MANISTIQUE – Work at the Manistique Lakeshore Campground is continuing as the initial June deadline approaches. Construction progress was discussed during a recent meeting of the Manistique City Council.

According to Kevin Trevillian, with Coleman Engineering, the local construction company handling the campground project will need a “flurry of activity” in the coming weeks in order to open the area to the public.

“The weather hasn’t completely cooperated,” he said. “The campground – not the day use area and the West Side Boat Launch – we are still fully expecting that to be fully operational and ready for use so that the city can accept reservations and have camping there for the Fourth of July weekend.”


The Manistique Lakeshore Campground continues to take shape, with construction crews on site Wednesday morning to work on the property. The campground is slated to open sometime in June. 
Pioneer Tribune photo The Manistique Lakeshore Campground continues to take shape, with construction crews on site Wednesday morning to work on the property. The campground is slated to open sometime in June. Pioneer Tribune photo Overall, the campground is expected to cost approximately $2.5 million to develop and will include 60 sites with water, sewer, electric, and Wi-Fi, as well as primitive camp site offerings. The public portion of the project will include a day-use pavilion, boardwalks, and public access to the west breakwall and fishing stations, via a boardwalk, as well as to the beach. The breakwall will receive improvements to its surface and also the addition of railing.

Funding for the project includes a DNR Trust Fund grant for the campground parcel, received in 2013 by the city, which consists of 23 acres of land located along Trader’s Point Drive on the corner of U.S. Highway 2. Additionally, the city and Manistique Downtown Development Authority received a $235,400 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.

The DDA has generated the remainder of the project funding by refinancing its current bonds at a lower rate.

Trevillian noted that along with the campground construction, a project revamping the West Side Boat Launch will also be completed. This project, funded with a DNR Waterways Program grant received previously by the city, will include repaving, new side- walks, signage, and a kayak launch on the river

It’s pretty impressive, the amount of grant dollars that the city’s been able to leverage,” he said.

As the campground approaches completion, Trevillian explained that a sign will be installed near the entrance. However, he noted that they have encountered some obstacles from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

“It turns out that for whatever reason, the department of transportation has a really large ‘clear vision triangle’ at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Traders Point Drive,” he said. “They will not permit a permanent proximity sign on their clear vision corner.”

Trevillian said he expects the finished sign to be approximately 8x15 feet and include lighting as well as some type of vacancy notification.

Despite the few setbacks experienced at the campground, Trevillian pointed out that there will be much progress made throughout April and May to see it through to completion.

A website for the campground, www.manistiquelakeshorecampground. org, will be up and running soon and accepting reservations.

Campsites will range in price from $45-$25, with the lowest priced sites for tent camping.

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