- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) - Parts of Rockport State Recreation Area will be closed to the public later this month for a Michigan National Guard training exercise.

State officials say parts of the park in Presque Isle and Alpena counties will be temporarily shut April 20 to 23 for the exercise called “Arctic Eagle.” Areas being shut include the Rockport Road entrance, quarry and boating access site at the harbor of refuge.

Besser Natural Area will remain open.

As part of “Arctic Eagle,” the state says Danish military members and Michigan Army National Guard soldiers will participate in training events. The exercise is scheduled to include explosive simulators and weapons firing blanks, as well as helicopters and other aircraft.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working with Camp Grayling to coordinate the training exercise.

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