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No camping for now

Broken water pipes force closure of Lake Antoine campground, perhaps for season

THE 90 CAMPGROUND sites at Lake Antoine Park will be closed until further notice, although the park remains open for day use. Portable restrooms will be available while the county plans a project to replace broken water lines. (Brian Christensen/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — The campground at Lake Antoine Park will be closed until further notice as Dickinson County continues to investigate broken water pipes.

The county board approved the closure Friday but noted the park remains open for day use, pavilion rentals and other scheduled events. Portable restrooms have been set up for patron use, the county said in a news release.

Campers with reservations will receive full refunds.

A board discussion Friday raised the possibility of opening the campground by the July 4 weekend, but it may also stay closed the entire season.

“If we don’t make July, we’re just losing money,” park manager Eric Robinson said.

THE 90 CAMPGROUND sites at Lake Antoine Park will be closed until further notice, although the park remains open for day use. Portable restrooms will be available while the county plans a project to replace broken water lines. (Brian Christensen/Daily News photo)

Depending on what’s found, remedies could range from a limited project to a complete overhaul, including drilling a well, Controller Brian Bousley said.

Faulty lines discovered during recent pressure testing date back to 1967, Robinson told the board during a meeting in the correctional center conference room.

The campground advertises 90 sites, including 57 with both water and power and the rest with electricity only. Reservations for weekend camping were filled through July, Robinson told the board.

Campers seeking information on refunds can contact Robinson from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday at 906-774-8875.

In another matter, the county will consider grant applications to replace the park bathrooms but has no plans for immediate construction.

Chairman Henry Wender said he believes the current building is sufficient, while Commissioner John Degenaer Jr. suggested looking into better air circulation as an alternative to spending several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Commissioner Barbara Kramer said the building is a frequent source of complaints. She also recalled the board rejected a grant she helped secure for a new facility about eight years ago for want of matching funds.

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