Developed Recreation

Modern Campground

"DEVELOPED RECREATION ZONE" - Active recreation with high density of use conducted in areas not designated for natural resource significance.  In this zone, recreation dominates with natural resource attributes enhanced as possible.  Examples of this zone include modern campgrounds, day-use recreation areas, boating facilities, and highly developed mountain bike trail areas.

1.   Natural Resources:

  • Natural resources actively managed and modified to support visitor activities.
  • Water quality maintained or restored.
  • Vegetative management in this zone will address hazard trees, invasive         species, and pests and disease, and will also be allowed for purposes of facilitating development and recreational use and maintaining an aesthetically appealing landscape
  • Where agricultural fields currently exist, a strategy should be developed to bring these areas into compliance with the intent (nature/character) of the zone.  This strategy should be in the form of an 'Ecological Restoration Plan' developed by the Stewardship Unit with input from staff.
  • New agricultural fields may be allowed in the zone but only as a specific and limited phase of an 'Ecological Restoration Plan' or as a critical component of a plan for managing species of greatest conservation need.
  • Haying may be used as a long-term vegetation management treatment.

2.  Historic/Cultural Resources:

  • Cultural resources and structures preserved, adapted or rehabilitated to support visitor activities or educational opportunities.
  • Non-utilized or stabilized structures are removed.

3.  Recreation Opportunities:

  • High levels of recreation in highly structured environment. 
  • Visitors engaged in recreation in diverse and modified land and water settings (i.e. hiking, modern and semi-modern camping, bicycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, equestrian use, nature observation, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, day-use beach, picnicking, and other day-use activities ).
  • Hunting allowed in only approved areas of this zone.
  • Trapping and fishing permitted in designated areas.
  • Snowmobiling permitted on designated routes.

4.  Education Opportunities:

  • Interpretive signage at campgrounds, day-use facilities, boating facilities, registration buildings, trail heads, on the trail, and at overlooks. 
  • Active programming at campgrounds and other areas where people congregate.  

5.  Visitor Experience:

  • High visitor encounters accommodated.
  • Visitors engaged in outdoor activities in diverse land and water natural settings for recreation and education.
  • Hunting/trapping/fishing permitted in designated areas.
  • Snowmobiling permitted on designated routes.
  • Variable time commitment.
  • Variable challenge and adventure.
  • High interaction with DNR staff.
  • Low to moderate exertion.
  • High noise tolerance.

6.  Management Focus:

  • Maintain use of zone appropriate to PRD Mission.
  • Management of people.
  • Public safety.
  • Protection of resources.
  • High level of UNIVERSAL ACCESS accessibility

 7.  Development:

  • High level of development of facilities for support of visitor activities (i.e. restrooms, walkways and parking, trails, benches, picnic tables, picnic shelters, modern and semi-modern campgrounds, cabins and shelters) for recreation and educational opportunities.
  • Site hardening (i.e. boardwalks, fencing, surfaced pedestrian paths) as necessary to protect sensitive resources.
  • High accessibility.