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DNR to Review Proposal for Improvements to Ludington State Park Beach House

DNR to Review Proposal for Improvements to Ludington State Park Beach House
As part of Ludington State Park’s 75th anniversary celebration, the Department of Natural Resources will conduct an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Ludington State Park warming shelter, located at 8800 W. Highway M-116 in Ludington. The warming shelter is located north of the main entrance booth at the park.

This meeting will offer an opportunity for the public to view preliminary design plans for the restoration and renovation of the Ludington State Park beach house.

“This project will provide a much-needed restoration of the historic Ludington State Park beach house, and will allow the park to relocate and improve its visitor services and interpretive program,” said Jim Gallie, DNR park manager at Ludington State Park.

Proposed improvements include adding accessible walkways, patios, elevator lift, upgrading the restroom facilities, relocating and updating the concession and kitchen areas, and relocating visitor services to the upper level. The work will include restoring the structure’s brick work, roof, doors, windows and deck in a historically accurate manner.

“These improvements will prevent further deterioration of this historic structure while making it accessible to all users and providing increased educational opportunities,” Gallie said.

This open house will begin with a presentation describing the proposed improvements. DNR Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to field questions and comments after the presentation.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact Troy Rife, 231-775-9727, a minimum of five business days before the meeting. Requests made less than five business days before events may not be accommodated.

For details or updates on this project, contact Rife at 231-775-9727. To learn more about this project, visit .

The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access sites. This new way to fund Michigan's outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities. Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking "Yes" on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit  or call 517-241-7275.

Non-resident motor vehicles must still display a valid Non-Resident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area or state-administered boating access site, which can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at .

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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