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Posted on Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 1:01 p.m.

Renovation of historic Mill Lake Camp near Chelsea set for early October

By Chelsea Hoedl

The historic Mill Lake Camp in the Waterloo Recreation Area west of Chelsea will be renovated so that cabins can be rented to groups and individuals, the Chelsea Standard reported.


Mill Lake Camp will undergo renovations in October.

Lisa Carolin | For

The camp was a 1936 Works Progress Administration project and offered city children a chance to experience living outdoors, but in 2000 the camp was no longer usable and the Department of Natural Resources did not have the funds for repairs.

Tourism Cares for Michigan, an organization that aims to preserve tourist locations for future generations, will recruit 200 volunteers from professional groups to begin gutting old cabins, staining the exteriors and trimming overgrown foliage in early October, the newspaper reported.

The DNR will install new plumbing, electrical systems, interior walls and furnishings after the initial renovations are complete, according to the article.

Chelsea Hoedl is an intern reporter for She can be reached at



Mon, Aug 5, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

Just another example of creeping socialism! I am forced to be reminded of this every day, when I have to walk out my front door and step on sidewalk squares stamped "WPA 1942." Naturally, I would much prefer to be slogging around in the mud. Good, old, Red-White-and-Blue-Blooded American mud, I might add! It's not a question of personal comfort. It's not a question of what is good for our society. It's CERTAINLY not a question of common sense. The fact is that potholes, failing bridges, and general disrepair happen to be the small price we pay as we remain ever-vigilant in the face of creeping socialism. Nothing good could ever come from this touchy-feely, "Common Good" attitude which propels these Do-Gooders as they go about their sinister project of re-educating Mill Lake. Five'll get you Ten there's at least a few public-school teachers in this crowd. It's enough to make your stomach turn.


Tue, Aug 6, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

Kind of a creepy post.


Mon, Aug 5, 2013 : 12:45 a.m.

Interesting post.


Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.

Great news! I hope they fix up the lodge as well as the cabins.

Chip Reed

Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 6:59 p.m.

This is a great place! If you think of all the memories...

Usual Suspect

Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 6:34 p.m.

Sorry to ask this yet again, but... how about a map? I tried the article linked to, but it doesn't have one either.


Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 7:15 p.m.

Here's the DNR map of Waterloo Recreation Area. Mill Lake is in the southeast part of the area. The DNR calls the former camp the "Mill Lake Outdoor Center".


Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 6:17 p.m.

I went there when I was a kid. Glad to hear it's getting some attention.