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Sen. John Proos: Free app offers new gateway to great outdoors

Published 11:12pm Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Southwest Michigan families have an additional tool to use when planning their outdoor activities this year: the “MI Camping and Recreation Locator” mobile application.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) app makes it easier for residents and out-of-state visitors to get out and enjoy our state’s wonderful natural resources.

I encourage outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of this app to locate information about our state parks, campgrounds and other state outdoor activities. It is easy to use and free of charge.

The app allows users to search for forest campgrounds, state parks and boat launches by region, city or proximity.

Features include camping, lodging and boating information; maps showing the location of each state park, forest campground and boat launch; distance between you and each recreational opportunity; and touch-to-call phone numbers to easily contact the facilities.

You can also find state park and forest information like the size and description of the park, park rules and available activities. Information about boat launches like name and size of a lake, river or pond; facts about the ramp; and number of parking spaces, are all available through the app.

This convenient resource will help residents and tourists find the best place for them and their families to camp, hike, boat and swim — many of which are right here in southwest Michigan.

To learn more about the app, visit: The site includes links for downloading the app.

Michigan’s great outdoors offers a variety of activities, and this app will help ensure that everyone has a fun and enjoyable time.

Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien and Cass counties and most of Van Buren County.

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