VANDERBILT -- Renovations will begin immediately after the Labor Day weekend at Pickerel Lake State Forest Campground in the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will temporarily close the Otsego County campground beginning Sept. 2 for renovations set to be completed before the 2009 camping season, officials said.

Campsites will be repositioned, vault toilets and water wells will be relocated and two additional campsites will be created. Each site will be graded, resurfaced and expanded to accommodate two cars and a large trailer. New picnic tables and fire rings also will be included.

Upgrades will bring the state forest campground in compliance with accessibility requirements from the Americans with Disabilities Act, officials said.

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