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Bass River Recreation Area management plan survey available online through Sept. 30

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To help guide future planning for the Bass River Recreation Area in Ottawa County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for public input on a new general management plan for the park.

Visitors, community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences are encouraged to participate in an online survey, open through Friday, Sept. 30.Links to both the online survey and the project website and available at

The DNR uses general management plans to define a long-range planning and management strategy that protects the resources of the park while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities.

“Public input is a critical component of the planning process, and this survey is one of several opportunities for the public to get involved," said Debbie Jensen, DNR park management plan administrator.

Jensen said that the DNR will host a public open house next year, which will provide an opportunity for people to review and comment on the draft general management plan that will be developed in response to this phase of the public input process.

Bass River Recreation Area is located along the Grand River between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven. The park features 3.5 miles of river frontage and offers opportunities for boating, hiking, hunting, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Additional information on the DNR’s general management plan process is available at

For more information about the Bass River Recreation Area survey or the proposed plan, contact Matt Lincoln at

Contact: Matt Lincoln, 517-881-3492