Following recent heavy rains, a small section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park was closed Tuesday in Mecosta County due to a culvert washout.

The affected section of trail is approximately 1 mile in length beginning just south of the Village of Stanwood at 180th Avenue, and continuing south to Polk Road. The trail is posted as closed at both road crossings, and the DNR is working to expedite the repairs to have the section of trail reopened as soon as possible. For details, contact Mitchell State Park/Fred Meijer White Pine Trail Supervisor, Christopher Stark, 231-775-7911.

The Recreation Passport has replaced motor vehicle permits for entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas, and state-administered boating access fee sites, and is also required at designated state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas. 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.  To learn more about the Recreation Passport, visitwww.michigan.gov/recreationpassport or call 517-373-9900. Non-resident motor vehicles must still display a valid non-resident Recreation Passport ($29 annual; $8 daily) to enter a Michigan state park, recreation area, state-administered boating access fee site, state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas, which can be purchased at any state park or recreation area, or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

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.

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