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Little known Coldwater Lake State Park revisited by Visitors Bureau, State officials

COLDWATER LAKE (WTVB) - Is it time to reinvent the Coldwater Lake State Park? A lot of people might not even know the park exists and that’s exactly why Deb Yee yesterday convened a meeting of Michigan DNR representatives, Branch County Administrator Bud Norman and State Senator Bruce Caswell. Yee is Executive Director of the Coldwater Country Conference and Visitors Bureau and she believes the further development of the little used Coldwater Lake State Park is long overdue. The park land is located at the south end of Coldwater Lake and was purchased by the state in 1988. However, the property is mostly used just for farming with about 220 acres leased out bringing in annual revenue to the state of $28,000. There has been limited fishing and hunting at the park with two small parking lots and signage recently added. Yee would like the state to help develop a public beach at the park as well as consider recreational opportunities with hiking trials and maybe an area for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. However, before anything happens, the DNR’s Jim O’Brien, who was at Friday’s meeting, says there must be a management plan for the park. In advance of developing a plan, the DNR wants to first determine the public’s interest in and possible concerns about expanding development of the Coldwater Lake State Park. Yee and the other officials will be touring the park next Friday and then a meeting to get input from the public is set for Monday October 21st with the exact time and location for that session yet to be determined.