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DNR seeks public input on Indian Lake and Palms Book state parks planning; online surveys available through May 23

If you're a fan of Indian Lake and Palms Book state parks in Schoolcraft County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants your input on new general management plans for these recreation destinations.

Visitors, community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences are encouraged to participate in an online survey for each of the parks. 

Links to the project website and online survey can be found at Michigan.gov/Indian Lake and Michigan.gov/PalmsBook. The surveys are open through Tuesday, May 23.

The DNR uses general management plans to define long-range planning and management strategies that protect the resources of state parks while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities. Draft plans will be developed after public feedback is gathered.

“Public input is a critical component of the planning process,” said Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator with the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “We want to hear what our visitors have to say about these parks – What do they love? What amenities would they like to see? What would they change? – so we can prepare an informed plan. These surveys are one of several opportunities for people to get involved, including a public open house that will be held this fall.”

About the parks

Indian Lake State Park is located on the shores of Indian Lake, 5 miles west of Manistique in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This 567-acre park is composed of two units, which are 3 miles apart and separated by the lake. The south unit features a modern campground overlooking the lake and the west unit features semi-modern campsites in a wooded setting. Other amenities include two Civilian Conservation Corps-era picnic shelters, a designated swim beach, a quarter-mile, paved trail along the lake and a boating access site.

Palms Book State Park, located at the north end of Indian Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is home to Kitch-iti-kipi or "The Big Spring." By means of a self-guided (accessible) observation raft, visitors can view this crystal-clear pool with an emerald green bottom. Concessions and souvenirs are available at a store open seasonally and a boat launch provides access to Indian Lake, the Upper Peninsula’s fourth-largest inland lake.  

Questions?

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

For more about the public survey or the proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen at JensenD1@Michigan.gov or 517-230-6837.

Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. 

Contact:  Debbie Jensen, 517-230-6837