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Civilian Conservation Corps - CCC Camp Round Lake

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This is a short 0.1 mile walk through the former Camp Round Lake CCC site. Park in the Sand Dunes Ski Trailhead lot and follow the signs. Located in a grassy clearing, interpretive panels containing photographs and quotations from CCC veterans bring the Camp and the Great Depression to life as they…

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Civilian Conservation Corps - CCC Camp Round Lake is located in Michigan

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45.96185922 N
84.88701567 W

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This is a short 0.1 mile walk through the former Camp Round Lake CCC site. Park in the Sand Dunes Ski Trailhead lot and follow the signs. Located in a grassy clearing, interpretive panels containing photographs and quotations from CCC veterans bring the Camp and the Great Depression to life as they show visitors what the camp buildings looked like and describe everyday life there during the mid 1930's. Flat gravel walks connect large, engraved metal signboards marking the sites of various camp buildings. Interpretive signs convey what camp life was like for jobless young men here. They worked on CCC reforestation projects, built trails, and constructed many of the Michigan State Parks' most beautiful rustic buildings - all for $30/month plus food and clothing. "City boys surrounded by trees," says one sign. It describes typical CCC crews as "boys that didn't know an ax from a baseball bat". At Round Lake some 200 young men built roads, planted trees, made the dam and campgrounds at Brevoort Lake, and cleared logging debris to prevent fires. The site is now a meadow, filled with wildflowers in late summer. This is an inspiring place, in a very quiet way.

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