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3 Michigan National Parks See Attendance Increases

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the central UP is among the Michigan parks seeing attendance increases. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the central UP is among the Michigan parks seeing attendance increases. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

Created: October 07, 2018 05:50 PM

DETROIT (AP) - National Park Service figures show that three national parks in Michigan have seen attendance increase in 2018.

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The Detroit News reports that Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Keweenaw National Historical Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore have seen attendance grow this year.

The park service says more than 618,000 people visited Pictured Rocks through August, up about 45,700 from this time in 2017.

Susan Reece is the park's interpretation and education chief. She says the increase may be due to a busier winter, as well as outdoor-focused campaigns and media outlets.

Keweenaw had almost 13,400 visitors through August, an increase of about 1,800 compared to last year. Sleeping Bear Dunes had more than 1.37 million visitors during that time frame, an increase of almost 7,200 visitors.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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