FISH CREEK — If you’ve been trying to make campsite reservations for next fall in Peninsula State Park and are finding your options limited, there’s a good reason.

The North Nicolet Bay camp loop will be closed beginning Sept. 1, 2024 for construction of new bathrooms, according to the park office.

Campers registering 11 months in advance for next fall will find those campsites unavailable.

It’s part of more than $20 million set aside over the next two years for capital improvements in the state parks, part of the state two-year budget passed over the summer.

The budget also provides $2,925,000 SEG in fiscal year 2024-25 in one-time funding to electrify campsites in state parks and forests, although it doesn’t indicate yet which parks will receive upgrades.

Other highlights in the budget of interest to state park visitors:

  • Provide $165,000 in each year to expand accessible outdoor recreation opportunities in
    the state park system.
  • Provide $152,500 in each year in one-time funding for technology upgrades in the state
    park system. Additionally, provide $29,400 in each year for credit card terminal security
  • Provide $1,095,500 in each year to hire additional limited term employees and contract
    services to support the state park system.

By Dan Plutchak

Editor and publisher of the Door County Shore Report