MARQUETTE - U.S. Forest Service officials said several campgrounds in the Hiawatha National Forest in the eastern Upper Peninsula will close early because of an unanticipated departure of the campground concession operator.
The Carp River and Three Lakes campgrounds are closed. Tonight is the last night of camping at Monocle Lake Campground. The Soldier Lake Campground will have its last night of camping Tuesday.
The last camping night at Brevoort Lake Campground is Sept. 19; Sept. 23 for the Lake Michigan Campground and Sept. 28 for the Bay View Campground.
Forest Service officials said in a news release the Forest Service regrets any inconvenience caused by this unforeseen change.
The National Recreation Reservation System will stop accepting camping reservations for use of the affected campgrounds during the rest of the year. Forest Service officials anticipate reopening the campgrounds with a new concession permit next spring.
The reservation system will resume reservations for these campgrounds for the 2014 camping season.
The Forest Service anticipates being able to honor most campground reservations that were made prior to last Friday.
Questions about campground reservations for these and other Hiawatha National Forest campgrounds may be addressed to the National Recreation Reservation System at 1-877-444-6777.
Parties interested in camping elsewhere on the Hiawatha National Forest this fall are encouraged to visit the forest's website at: www.fs.fed.us/r9/hiawatha or contact the St. Ignace/Sault Ste. Marie District 906-643-7900 or 906-635-5311.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org