Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Camp brings life to township

New recreational site motivates area businesses

FORESTER TWP. MI - Camping often conjures up thoughts of summer campfires, fishing and family time.

Kate Watson of Forestville Township sees flat tires, stranded motorists and dollar signs. Watson and her husband, Rick, own Active Towing in Forester Township, about five miles north of Port Sanilac.The Watsons, other business owners and local economic-development officials say a new, 420-site campground which opened two weeks ago on Lakeshore Road has the potential to bring an influx of cash into an economy that has seen little growth in recent years.

"(The campground) has helped tremendously," Kate Watson said.

Lake Huron Campground filled about 150 sites in the first two weekends it was open. Owner Spiro Trajcezvski of Shelby Township said the campground, which will employ about 50 seasonal workers and 15 year-round, is a pilot project, the first of five he wants to build across the country.

Lake Huron Campground has a general store; a pizza counter; an ice cream shop; a banquet hall; an arcade; a swimming pool; and playgrounds.

Dale Benish, executive director of the Sanilac Economic Alliance, said Trajcezvski's project could have wide-ranging benefits to areas along M-46 and M-52. Campgrounds in the area have seen growth even though tourism was down about 1% last year across the state.
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