UP community seeks federal grant to develop campground

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (AP) – An Upper Peninsula community is hoping the federal government will make a big bet on camping.

Negaunee officials say they are seeking a $3.6 million grant to develop a 71-site campground and related trailhead for off-road vehicles.

If the city gets the federal money, it still would need to put up nearly $1 million for the project. Officials in Negaunee, located about 11 miles west of Marquette, believe the campground would be solidly booked from May to October at $50 per night.

Construction could start in 2023. City Manager Nate Heffron says Negaunee is at the crossroads of all modes of recreation.