a year in review
In June, we started Movies in the Park again, which is always a crowd favorite! We hosted 8 movies throughout the Summer on Saturday evenings. We sell concessions and our merch to raise money for our organization. The movies were graciously sponsored by local community members/businesses. Carrie Toretta-Partello donated our bigger and better popcorn machine!
August we hosted a Free Fishing Family day! It was a rainy day at Pavilion 2 but the kids didn't care! The Watersmeet Trout Hatchery set up a large swimming pool stocked with fresh trout. The kids were able to catch and keep the trout they caught. It was a really great time thanks to Northern RV for sponsoring the event!!
In September we had our annual Crafty Flea, where crafting vendors set up shop in the campsites to sell their homemade goods for the day! Crafty Flea is sponsored by The Daily News in Education. This event draws in hundreds of people throughout the day.
In October we hosted our second Fall Fest! It was SUPER windy but such a great day! People enjoy trunk or treating, scavenger hunts, games, story stroll, and bounce houses! The Curious Pig was our food vendor and did an amazing job as always.
November through December we set up Lights at the Lake. Our annual lighted display that people can drive through and enjoy during the holiday season! The campsites are "bought" and decorated. The monies raised goes towards our organization to help make improvements at the park.
Kayak Launch Complete
The Kayak launch is now complete for public use at Lake Antoine Park. It is located on the southwest side of the lake, south of pavilion 2. We would like to thank the Dickinson Area Community Foundation, Peterson Welding, and Dickinson County park employees for all of their help.
Please refrain from parking in the grass near the kayak launch. There is plenty of parking towards the beach and boat launch. Notice the new signs posted as well. Please rinse off your aquatic vehicles to inhibit the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Enjoy the launch and the water AND please be safe out there! Have fun!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Annual Spring Work Bee! We are so appreciative of all of the community support we have witnessed and been part of the years! Thank you again!
The Park will be open for water activities, picnicking, and beach going this year. Unfortunately, the campground will be closed until further notice for repairs.
A message from our Liaison officer from the county:
"The County has returned all the reservation money to Reserve America. People should start getting their refunds via the payment form supplied to Reserve America. Eric, the Park Manager, does have office hours 8am to 10am Monday through Thursday. 906-774-875. You can also send email to: Dickinson County Parks email@example.com
Thank you so much for your patience during this unfortunate situation...we're hoping the park will be back better than ever soon"
The kiosk near the boat launch was nicely renovated by community volunteers over the past weekend! Dickinson County and Lake Antoine Park Partners greatly appreciate the time, consideration, and efforts that were contributed. The kiosk has useful information for park goers, such as helping stop the spread aquatic invasive species, discard unused or old worms in the trash, a FREE FISHING EVENT June 12-13 2021, and our new "Reel and Recycle" receptacle to discard old fishing line.
Welcome New Board Member
LAPP and Dickinson County approved a new board member this month! We are excited to have Kevin Pirlot join us! Kevin is a life long camper at Lake Antoine Park as well as across Michigan. He is excited to help with strategic planning, program development, community networking, and facilities management. We are pleased to have another member join our group to help facilitate improvements at the park and increase community satisfaction. Welcome Kevin!
DACF Grant for Kayak Launch
Lake Antoine Park Partners received a grant from the Dickinson Area Community Foundation for a Kayak Launch to be installed at Lake Antoine Park in 2021!
Remember our Beach Wall update? There were many people and organizations that donated to that project and LAPP has been in the works to give those folks some recognition! Our group, along with the students at DIISD, and CJ graphics in Kingsford Mi, have been putting together a wonderful recognition wall to be featured at Lake Antoine Park! It is still in the process of being finished and will be available for viewing next camping season. We are excited to have had such a wonderful upgrade to the park and a huge 'THANK YOU' goes out to the community that helped make it happen!
Phase 2 electrical upgrade
As soon as the 3rd Ever Crafty Flea Market by Lake Antoine Park Partners and Newspapers in Education wrapped up at the start of September, Dickinson County projects began. Here are the trenches on sites 1-15 and 20-30 along the streetside for upgraded electric; it is Phase 2 of the project. Phase 1 was completed in time for campers in June 2020. The removal of stumps from trees blown over in a series of storms several years ago began. Here some are shown being removed in the center field by the beach road. Lake Antoine Park Partners appreciates the county-funded workmanship on improving the campground and park.
Midwest Asphalt & Gravel of Iron Mountain is replacing Dickinson County’s deteriorated boat launch at Lake Antoine Park. From left, foreman Steve Seid discusses the project with Aaron Kukura. The $90,254 project is aided by a $43,865 Michigan Waterways Grant. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)
Crafty Flea Market 2020
All 72 sites sold out for the 2020 Crafty Flea Market at Lake Antoine Park in Iron Mountain. The Crafty Flea Market offers an outdoor shopping venue for a wide variety of crafts, homemade goods and other items. The market is a fundraising effort by The Daily News’ Newspapers in Education, or NIE, and Lake Antoine Park Partners that benefits both non-profit programs.
Concessions this year were offered through New Hope Church, which served burgers, hot dogs, fries and cheese curds, plus beverages.
Thank you to all that enjoyed the day at the park and those who volunteered their time and efforts to make this years Crafty Flea a success!