The access road to the organizational campground at Maybury State Park in Wayne County has been rebuilt thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the Friends of Maybury State Park and a $5,000 grant from REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national outdoor gear and clothing retailer.
The Friends of Maybury State Park, a volunteer organization committed to improving the quality of the park and expanding recreational opportunities, added another $1,000 as well as volunteer labor to complete the road project that was finished in mid-October.
The new road now provides easy access to the campground that was closed for several years, but has since reopened and is ready for rustic camping by organized youth groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and church youth groups. The facility offers a hand pump for water, primitive restrooms and educational stations with instruction on knot tying and orienteering. The organizational campground is conveniently located near a main trail for day hiking and other outdoor activities. For reservations, call park headquarters at 248-349-8390.
REI and its employees are long-time supporters of Maybury State Park and the Friends of Maybury, and have volunteered to assist with trail maintenance. REI has also sponsored and provided gear and staff for cross-country skiing and snowshoe events, donated needed equipment to the park, and provided project specific grants. The road grant was the result of a nomination made by employees of REI’s Northville store. To learn more about REI’s commitment to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions, visit www.rei.com/stewardship.
To learn more about The Friends of Maybury State Park, visit www.friendsofmaybury.org or visit them on Facebook.
The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas and state-administered boating access fee sites. This new way to fund Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities also helps to preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks, and provides park development grants to local communities.
Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking “YES” on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area. Nonresident motor vehicles must still display a valid nonresident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area or state-administered boating access fee site; these can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore. To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-241-7275.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.