COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Supporters and critics of further development of the little-used Coldwater Lake State Park can have their say tonight at a Michigan Department of Natural Resources public input workshop. The session starts at 6 p.m. at the Coldwater High School cafeteria and is being held in partnership with the Coldwater Country Conference and Visitors Bureau, which is assisting the DNR. The DNR wants to hear your ideas and comments about the future of the 400-acre state park with a mile and a quarter of frontage on the south end of Coldwater Lake.
The land was purchased in 1988 and is currently used primarily for hunting with a portion leased for farming. The Visitors Bureau resurrected interest in the park last fall, calling for development of a public beach, hiking, possibly along with snowmobiling and cross country skiing. However, little is known about funding and who would pay to develop and maintain the expanded park opportunities. Surrounding private property owners in that area of Coldwater Lake have voiced opposition to the plans.
The meeting will include a brief presentation on the history of the park and the current planning initiative, followed by group activities designed to help formulate a future vision for Coldwater Lake State Park. The input received at the meeting will guide the development of a General Management Plan for the property.