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Myers Lake Campground  in Argentine Township provided family fun and entertainment for many years.

 There won’t be any camping at Myers Lake Campground in Argentine Township, for at least this year. The Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Board of Directors has announced it is closing four campgrounds, including Myers Lake, citing concerns about money, attendance, and site conditions.

 In addition to Myers Lake Campground, their other facilities are Albright Park Camp & Retreat Center (Reed City), Camp Kinawind (Boyne Falls) and Crystal Springs Camp & Retreat Center (Dowagiac).

 “We, the Board, are grateful for the years of ministry at these sites,” according to the Board of Directors’ press release. “We know many, many people have experienced God in Jesus Christ and grew in their spiritual journey because of time spent in these sacred spaces. We acknowledge that this is a difficult message to read and want you to know it was a painful decision to reach.”

 A review of factors such as attendance patterns, financial history, site conditions, population concentrations and a strategic view toward the future led to the Board’s decision. Long-term decisions about these camps have yet to be made.

 The Myers Lake Campground features 104 sites for tents or recreational vehicles, several cabins and a sandy beach. It is located on the north side of Myers Lake, a 33-acre body of water with a maximum depth of 40 feet, fed by 52 springs, according to the DNR.

 Campers could rent pavilions, boats, kayaks, bikes and inner tubes. They could play half-court basketball, volleyball, horseshoes and softball. Indoor fun included billiards, table tennis and video games.

 The grounds were alcohol-free, and religious programs were offered for young people and adults.

 Church officials advised people who were enrolled in camps or who had reservations at the closed sites that a customer service team would contact them to offer alternative programs or refunds. People who may still have questions may contact registrar@umcamping.org or call (989) 272-1116.

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