Department of Natural Resources
April 5, 2019
After years of planning, site evaluation and opportunities for community input, the Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with construction on improvements at the Echo Point shooting range at Allegan State Game Area in Allegan County.
The site will be closed to public use and entry for the duration of construction, April 10 through Aug. 31.
UPDATE (9/5/19): Due to a huge rain event, the boating access site is not anticipated to open until Sept. 13.
Improvements will include a new parking lot, accessible pathways, new structures and benches for shooters, new berms and ricochet baffles to improve safety, and sound abatement measures to decrease the sound impact to surrounding properties. These improvements are possible through funding via grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, as well as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The DNR is looking forward to investing in the community and developing a safe, fun shooting location that residents and visitors can enjoy,” said Lori Burford, shooting range specialist for the DNR.
Until range construction is complete, anyone looking for a comfortable, quality target shooting experience can use one of the DNR’s seven staffed ranges in southern Michigan. In addition, many state game areas and state forest lands, including other portions of the Allegan State Game Area, also may be used for target shooting.
The DNR encourages state forest and game area users to remember that these public lands are multiuse properties managed for a variety of habitat, resource management and recreational purposes. To ensure safety and respect for Michigan’s natural resources, users should review the shooting range rules before visiting any shooting range or target shooting on state-managed land.
For the latest information on the closures of DNR facilities, visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures.