Michigan State Parks Infrastructure Improvements

NFE has been working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the last seven years, providing infrastructure improvements to multiple state parks and recreational areas in Michigan (see map). The DNR manages over 100 state parks and recreational areas covering 285,000 acres. In fact, in Michigan, you are never more than an hour’s drive from one.


Park Locations of NFE Projects for DNR

Since 2011, NFE has provided consulting, land surveying, civil engineering and/or land planning services on a variety of projects that ultimately updated each park in one way or another. Depending on the scope of work for each project, the phases included study, program analysis, schematic design, preliminary design, final design, construction administration – office, and/or construction administration – field. The following is a brief overview of some of the projects we have completed for the DNR:

  • Highland State Recreation Area Regional Trail Development, White Lake, MI – Developed a 2.8 mile multi-use trailway from M-59 to Ford Road, taking full advantage of the natural and historical features found within the park
  • Proud Lake State Recreation Area Water System Improvements, Commerce Township, MI – Investigated and designed plans for well system abandonment and municipal water connection, included demolition of existing water system and well house
  • Wilderness State Park Campground Master Plan and Implementation, Carp Lake Township, MI – Updated entire campground to accommodate today’s RV’s, boats and other camping amenities, included all new utility and electrical infrastructure
  • Statewide State Parks Utility Study and Implementation, 8 State Park Locations in Michigan – Evaluated and improved below ground sewer and water systems at eight state parks, focused on water wells, waster distribution systems, sanitary systems, lagoons, septic systems, barrier-free access and site drainage
  • Burt Lake State Park Lagoon Abandonment and Sewer Upgrades, Indian River, MI – Investigated and designed plans to abandon a lagoon system and connect to a municipal sanitary sewer system, included upgrades to pump systems, force mains and sewer lines
  • Warren Dunes State Park Day Use Area Redevelopment, Sawyer, MI – Replaced three old structures with two new buildings – one for ranger station/first aid/gift shop and the other a modern restroom facility, include two outside gathering patios, a play structure and parking lot (Architect – Hobbs + Black)
  • Statewide State Park Campgrounds Electrical System Study and Implementation, 8 State Park Locations in Michigan – Evaluated and improved campground electrical systems at eight state parks, focused on public electrical services, transformers, distribution panels, electrical pedestals, controls for pump and utility systems, building systems (circuit panels), electrical distribution systems and barrier-free access
  • Algonac State Park Shooting Range Improvements, Clay, MI – Expanded existing facility to include a 4-station pistol range, included ADA and parking improvements, shed relocation and storm water facilities
  • Belle Isle Park Shoreline Fishing Access Improvements, Detroit, MI – Updated two fishing piers with new handrails, ADA compliant concrete pathways leading to each shelter, and 6-inch concrete sidewalks to each fishing pier
  • Traverse City State Forest Area New Shooting Range, Union Township, MI – Developed a full functioning gun range with six 25-yard stations, three 50-yard stations and three 100-yard stations, included parking improvements, and pit toilet and storm water management facilities

NFE is proud to have been chosen by the DNR to provide our infrastructure expertise to so many state parks and recreational areas within Michigan. All projects were completed with the ultimate goal of adding value to each park for the millions of people that visit Michigan’s parks annually.