Ribbon Cutting at Wilderness State Park

You’re invited! We hope you will join us a the Ribbon Cutting to celebrate several accessibility improvements at Wilderness State Park on Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m.

Group of kids swimming in Lake Michigan and their friend using the water wheelchair.

We are excited that more Michiganders and tourists of all abilities can now enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of several completed barrier-free improvements at beautiful Wilderness State Park, just south of the Mackinaw Bridge.

Some of the improvements include:

  • A barrier-free campground registration building
  • A barrier-free toilet/shower building in the Lakeshore Campground (with a second one planned to be built in a few years).
  • Walkway surface improvements
  • Mobile access mats and a floating water wheelchair to make beach and water access easier for persons of all mobility levels.
  • A wide range of barrier-free rustic, modern, and full hook-up campsites developed to provide a wider range of camper amenities.

“The DNR is excited to cut the ribbon and officially dedicate the park’s new barrier-free enhancements,” said Burr Mitchell, park supervisor. “Without the fundraising efforts of Disability Network Northern Michigan, the generosity of our park patrons, and the hard work of multiple youth work groups, these important enhancements could not have been achieved.”

The project was funded by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the fundraising efforts of Disabilities Network Northern Michigan, user fees and donations from park patrons.

There are still many more accessibility projects being worked on to improve access at this beautiful Northern Michigan campground and your help is needed to help make them a reality. Your donation can help youth, seniors, and individuals of all abilities experience the recreational opportunities at Wilderness State Park and the health benefits of being in nature. Please consider making a donation to support accessibility improvements.

Wilderness State Park is located on Carp Lake (903 Wilderness Park Drive) at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula. The park is home to wilderness areas, 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, multiple campgrounds, six rustic cabins, three rustic bunkhouses and numerous year-round recreational activities.

For more information, contact Burr Mitchell, park supervisor, at 231-436-5040 or MitchellB3@michigan.gov. You are also welcome to contact Dayna Valpey, communications manager, at Disability Network Northern Michigan at 231.922.0903 ext.312 or dayna@disabilitynetwork.net.

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