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Help shape Proud Lake State Recreation Area planning at Dec. 9 virtual meeting

Nov. 22, 2021

woman walking through snowy woodsThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources will share information on a new draft general management plan for Proud Lake State Recreation Area at a virtual public meeting 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. 

General management plans are used to define a long-range planning and management strategy that protects a state park's resources while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities.

The virtual meeting will include an overview of the planning process and draft plan, followed by an opportunity for people to share feedback and questions with DNR staff. Advance registration is required.

"Public input is a critical part of the planning process," said Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "This past summer, more than 1,900 people completed an online public input survey about amenities and programs they would like to see at Proud Lake, which provided initial guidance for drafting the plan."

Project website, post-meeting survey

Additional opportunities to provide feedback via an interactive public input survey will be available immediately following the meeting. The virtual meeting will be recorded and posted online approximately one week after the event.

Visit Michigan.gov/ProudLake to learn more about the recreation area and all associated general management planning resources, including the draft plan, meeting registration link, interactive public survey and video, and more.

Proud Lake State Recreation Area is in Oakland County midway between Milford, Wixom and Walled Lake in southeastern Michigan. A 4-mile stretch of the scenic Huron River flows through the park, which is part of a state- and federally designated water trail, providing fishing and paddling opportunities. The park is also home to a modern campground, camper cabins, more than 20 miles of trails, land open to hunting and the 105-acre nature study area that encompasses a floating bog and associated woodland vegetation. The year-round River Hawk Complex features group accommodations and meeting facilitates. 

Additional information on the DNR's general management plan process is available at Michigan.gov/ParkManagementPlans.

For more information about the plan or meeting, contact Debbie Jensen at JensenD1@Michigan.gov.

An accompanying photo is available below for download.

Proud Lake Recreation Area: Photo taken by Michigan state parks photo ambassador Kari Karr.