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Piers Gorge meeting in Norway

September 7, 2012
The Daily News

NORWAY - The Michigan and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources will hold a public workshop designed to provide input on the new, jointly managed Menominee River State Recreation Area.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the auditorium of the Norway Public Schools, located at 300 Section St., in Norway.

The workshop will help guide planning and development considerations for the new Menominee River State Recreation Area, which represents a unique partnership between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.

Encompassing both sides of the Menominee River and starting just downriver from Niagara, Wis., this new recreation area provides over 9,000 acres of public lands and access to 17 miles of river offering premier outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Michigan DNR announced in November 2011 that the state was buying about 2,000 acres of land to create the Menominee River State Recreation Area in Dickinson and Menominee counties.

The acreage features whitewater rapids, waterfalls and scenic, rocky gorges.

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The acreage includes two separate tracts - Piers Gorge and Quiver Falls.

Piers Gorge is located one mile south of Norway, and includes 145.35 acres of land and 1.5 miles of access along the Menominee River.

The acreage includes whitewater rapids and waterfalls, and contains some of the fastest-moving water in Michigan or Wisconsin. It is not navigable for general canoeing, but has become a popular destination for expert class kayakers seeking challenging Class IV whitewater.

The parcel also contains good wildlife viewing opportunities for eagles, osprey and waterfowl, as well as public fishing access.

Quiver Falls is eight miles south of Piers Gorge and contains 2,208.83 acres of land and provides eight miles of access along the Menominee River.

It is adjacent to the existing Menominee River Natural Resource Area, a 4,450-acre tract along five miles of the Menominee River managed by both the Michigan and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources.

This concept of joint planning/development/management of a state recreation area is a unique opportunity for residents of both states to benefit from this collaboration.

Michigan and Wisconsin DNR staff will be at the workshop to present information about this new recreation area, to outline the "concept of management" and to interact with the public to gather input on what is significant about this property. Input from this workshop will be the first of many opportunities for the public to share and contribute toward the future of this exciting new park and partnership between the two states.

Future actions regarding the Menominee River State Recreation Area will be guided by a management plan that will set future development and management of the property.



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