National Park Service

MUNISING, MI--   A Wisconsin hiker has been found safe after he became lost at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  

The Park Service says the 51-year-old man left the Miners Falls trail to fish along the Miners River around 3 p.m. Wednesday and didn’t return as planned.  His brother searched the area unsuccessfully before reporting him missing at 8:35 p.m. 

Meetings set to talk about future of Isle Royale wolves

Jul 15, 2015

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK (AP)--   Federal officials have scheduled four public meetings this month to discuss options for managing Isle Royale National Park's wolves and moose. 

The National Park Service announced Tuesday it's developing a plan for dealing with a sharp drop-off in gray wolf numbers.

Only three remain on the Lake Superior island chain, the lowest total since scientists began observing them in the 1950s. Wolves have helped keep the moose population from getting too big and damaging balsam fir and other trees.

Trip to ice caves this winter may be more expensive

Oct 17, 2014

APOSTLE ISLAND NATIONAL LAKESHORE, WI (AP)--   Visitors to the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore may have to begin paying more to see the Lake Superior wonder. 

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the National Park Service, which operates the park in northern Wisconsin, has proposed a $5 special recreation fee to see the caves. The agency says the current $3 fee for parking at the trailhead lot amounted to $47,000 in revenue, only a fraction of what it cost to manage about 138,000 visitors last year.

U.P. trail gets federal recognition

Jun 9, 2014
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COPPER HARBOR, MI (AP)--   Federal officials have formally recognized a trail network in the Keweenaw as a national recreation trail. 

The 30-mile-long Copper Harbor Trails system is among 21 trails to gain the designation Saturday. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis made the announcement in celebration of National Trails Day.

CALUMET, MI--   Visitors to the Keweenaw National Historical Park contribute millions of dollars a year to the local economy.  

That’s the finding of a National Park Service report for 2012.  The report indicates 240,000 visitors spent about $10 million in communities throughout the Copper Country.  It says that spending supported 95 jobs in the area. 

The report also says the park’s federal budget and project funding in 2012 contributed about $3 million and more than 20 jobs into the local economy. 

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Escanaba leaders are pushing to get part of their downtown listed on the National Register for Historic Places by the end of the year. 

The Escanaba Daily Press reports that architectural historian Bill Rutter expects an easy approval from the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. He worked with a local committee to put together the nomination.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says its statewide outdoor recreation plan has won federal approval. 

The endorsement from the National Park Service is important because it makes the state eligible for federal funding to boost outdoor recreation opportunities.

About $40 million is available nationwide each year under the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. To qualify for grants, states must prepare and win approval of a recreation plan that's updated every five years.