Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Campground hosts-great way to camp; help beginning campers

    Camping opportunities are many and varied throughout the state of Michigan. From very rustic; pit toilets, hand pumps and no hook ups to more modern camping with showers, running water and electrical connections.
   If you enjoy camping and helping others, the DNR has a place for you. Each year they look for campers to participate in the Campground Host program.
   Hosts camp free in exchange for helping campers coming into the park find their site, answer  questions pertaining to activities and programs available and generally, be available to answer questions and to help in any way.
   People new to camping rely on hosts to help them set up camp, get organized and enjoy their trip enough so to make it a more regular outing after experiencing a good first-time in a tent.
   This year the DNR is looking for volunteer hosts for its Lime Island State Recreation Area. The 980-acre island, one of the newest recreation areas in Michigan’s state park system, is situated in the St. Mary’s River Navigation Channel some three miles offshore of the eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
   The island offers rental cabins, platform tent sites, a small harbor of refuge, historical structures and boating access. Hosts for Lime Island must use their own boat to travel to and from the island.

Contacts: Miguel Rodriguez, 517-241-4129 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014
   Hosts are expected to provide 30 hours of service per week (including weekends and holidays) and are required to live on the island a minimum of four consecutive weeks at a time during the summer season, running from the end of May to early September. During their weeks of service, hosts can choose to live in the island’s host cabin or have their camping fees waived.
   Lime Island hosts greet arriving visitors and answer questions about the island that once housed a small settlement. In addition, they are required to arrange campground activities and possibly perform some light maintenance.
   For more information about serving as a host at Lime Island State Recreation Area, contact Straits State Park, 906-643-8620, or Miguel Rodriguez, 517-241-4129.
   Information for other campground hosts opportunities should be made to the park or recreation area potential hosts are interested in.
   Happy camping!

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