The Upper Peninsula in Michigan is such a beautiful part of our state and there are bigger and better projects in the works to build up more tourism in the U.P.

First of all, let me start out by saying I'm a huge fan of the Upper Peninsula. I've written a few articles in the past about the best scenery, the best hangouts, and the best boat rides on Lake Superior.

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According to mlive.com:

An Upper Peninsula city hopes to build a 71-site campground and trailhead for off-road vehicles and snowmobiles if it wins a nearly $3.7 million competitive federal grant, officials announced.

This will certainly boost tourism in the Upper Peninsula if and when this project gets off the ground.

I've been camping several times in the Upper Peninsula just for family getaway time. There is so much to see and do in the U.P. (make it happen this summer)

Mlive.com also adds:

"Negaunee will begin to mark a new and aggressive era of investment in the public parks, Nate Heffron, city manager, said in a statement. "Negaunee stands at the crossroads of all modes of recreation; from hiking to biking, snowmobiling and ORVing."

The campground itself should be close to 12 acres somewhere off County Road 480. We certainly hope this U.P. city gets their wish and is able to build this project.

Mlive.com tells us:

A recent study by the Lake Superior Community Partnership estimates that 58.65 seasonal jobs could result from the project. At 100% capacity, the campground would generate $653,200 a year in gross sales; it is estimated that it would cost $50,000-$60,000 a year to operate.

We'll have to wait and see if this project moves forward sometime in the near future. It sounds like a great plan and boosting tourism in the U.P. shouldn't be an issue.

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