DNR seeks input on Fisherman’s Island State Park management plan

Public invited to share their ideas about the future of this Charlevoix County park. 
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Press Release

May 13, 2015

Contact: Debbie Jensen, 517-284-6105 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815

DNR seeks public input on Fisherman’s Island State Park
General Management Plan

Fisherman's Island State Park beach with fire ringThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it is seeking public input on a new General Management Plan to guide the future of Fisherman’s Island State Park, located in Charlevoix County. People are invited to share their opinions and ideas through an online survey, available through June 24 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Fishermans_Island_State_Park.

The 2,678-acre park includes more than six miles of scenic Lake Michigan shoreline with 80 rustic campsites, a picnic area, foot trails and undeveloped land for hunting and wildlife observation.  

The General Management Plan for Fisherman’s Island State Park defines a long-range (10-20 years) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR Parks and Recreation Division in meeting its responsibilities to 1) protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources, and 2) provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities. 

This survey is one of several opportunities for the public and stakeholders to be involved in the planning process. An informational meeting was held Nov. 3, 2014, introducing interested citizens to the planning process. The DNR also will host a public open house later this year, providing an opportunity for review and comment on the draft plan.  

Additional information on the DNR’s General Management Plan process is available at www.michigan.gov/parkmanagementplans.

For more information about the Fisherman’s Island State Park survey or the proposed plan, contact DNR park management plan administrator Debbie Jensen at 517-284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at JensenD1@michigan.gov.

 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

/Editors’ note: An accompanying photo is available below for download. A suggested caption follows. 

FishermansIsland_DSC03253.jpg: Fisherman's Island State Park includes more than six miles of scenic Lake Michigan shoreline, plus rustic camping, a picnic area, trails and hunting land./