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M-35 named U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route
Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-786-1830, ext. 321Agency: Transportation
August 26, 2007 - - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has designated 64 miles of M-35 between Gladstone and Menominee as the "U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route" to promote tourism and economic development in the area.
The Heritage Route passes through both Delta and Menominee counties on the western shoreline of Lake Michigan in the central Upper Peninsula, and features parks, waterways, forests, trails, attractions, boat launches, harbors and campgrounds. Suggested stops range from cultural centers and modern entertainment, to historical sites and natural attractions.
The plan was developed by a group of representatives from local communities, governments, economic development agencies, businesses and other interest groups hoping to increase opportunities to manage, promote and market the area's unique recreational qualities. The group inventoried attractions along the route, developed a vision for the route's future, and has worked to inform the public of its efforts.
The designation follows a public comment period on the proposed designation.
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