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House approves resolution to urge state park status for Houghton-Douglass Falls
RELEASE|April 24, 2024

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, on Wednesday saw his resolution seeking state park status for Houghton-Douglass Falls pass the House. The resolution urges the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to declare Houghton-Douglass Falls as the Houghton-Douglass Falls Veterans Scenic Site, a unit of the McLain State Park. The DNR purchased the property in 2018 from a Vietnam veteran who sold it with the understanding the park would be dedicated in honor of Michigan’s veterans.

“It’s time we honor that agreement and include this iconic and beautiful area in Michigan’s system of State Parks and Scenic Areas,” Markkanen said in a floor speech. “In doing so, we can pair the celebration of our rich natural resources with honoring all the brave and courageous individuals who served and sacrificed in our military.”

The DNR purchased the 70-acre site to preserve the area by transforming it into a park. The Houghton-Douglass waterfall is the tallest in Michigan.


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