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- DNR News -

Aug. 19, 2021
Contact: Mark Monroe, 989-329-9827

Public input invited on recreation access to 2,700 acres in the Pigeon River Country State Forest 

A view of a quiet river in a dense forest, crisscrossed by fallen trees and lush ferns.

One of Michigan's most beloved state forests has 2,700 acres of new public land to explore and enjoy, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on how outdoor enthusiasts will access this land to hike, fish, hunt, view elk and more. 

Input gathered from two surveys, open through Sept. 17, will help shape management decisions and recreational access to two properties in the Pigeon River Country State Forest:

  • Storey Lake: This 2,103-acre parcel on the western edge of the Pigeon River Country State Forest contains Storey Lake and a mile of Stewart Creek. Located in Michigan's core elk range, it is also home to rare species like the red-shouldered hawk.  
  • Elk Forest (Walled Lake): The Elk Forest at Black River, locally known as the "Walled Lake” property, is a 597-acre parcel located in Montmorency County. In the heart of elk country, it includes a top-quality trout stream and a spring-fed lake.

The DNR acquired the Storey Lake and Elk Forest properties through funding sources including the Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Forest Legacy Program and assistance from partners. 

"Your input, provided in two public surveys, will help the DNR determine the types of recreation opportunities offered in each area," said Pigeon River Country State Forest unit manager Mark Monroe. "It will also contribute to decisions regarding access to these properties."


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