800 acres in SW Michigan could become state recreation area

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. – The state has its eyes on 800 acres in southwestern Michigan as a possible recreation area.

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking a $4.7 million grant from the Natural Resources Trust Fund to buy the land from Andrews University.

The property was donated to the school. The land in Berrien County is bordered by U.S. 31 to the north and the St. Joseph River on the west. It’s already popular with hunters.

DNR biologist Valerie Frawley says it’s a "gorgeous piece of land.” Officials in Berrien and Buchanan townships have endorsed the effort.