Editor’s note: Photos courtesy of Patti Brehler
LUPTON – The Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house Tuesday, May 7, to gather input on a new draft phase 2 general management plan for Rifle River Recreation Area in Ogemaw County.
The meeting will run 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rose Township Hall, 3380 Lupton Road in Lupton. People are welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour period to review the planning material, provide comments and talk to DNR staff.
A link to the draft plan and additional information on the DNR’s management planning process can be found at Michigan.gov/ParkManagementPlans. Comments also can be shared via email through May 14 to LincolnM@Michigan.gov.
The 4,449-acre Rifle River Recreation Area provides recreation activities compatible with the park’s natural resources. The recreation area includes seven lakes, three ponds and seven miles of trout streams serving as the headwaters of the Rifle River. The park provides year-round recreational opportunities, including camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking, paddling and fishing. More than 4,100 acres are open to hunting, too.
The phase 2 general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy that will assist the DNR in meeting its responsibilities to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.
For more information about the public meeting or phase 2 general management planning, contact Matt Lincoln at 517-284-6111 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at LincolnM@michigan.gov. Anyone needing accommodations in order to participate in the meeting should contact Lincoln at least five business days before the meeting.