BRANCH COUNTY — When the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest “stay home, stay safe” order ends May 28, the Branch County Parks Board will be ready to open Quincy, Memorial Park and Angel Cove campgrounds. 

Manager Jay Miller told the board Thursday that “we have checked all the boxes. Everything is turned on. When the ban lifts, we are ready to go.”

Board members are not certain whether they will prorate rents, since the season will be five weeks late, or to extend past the Oct.15 closing to Oct. 30. 

Chairman Steve Weigt said the board will “play it by ear.” 

Miller said “as we closer to closing the weather is hit or miss. Sometimes rain or snow.”

Law enforcement was called to Angel Cove on River Road last weekend with reports the park was open, with people fishing off the docks and putting boats in the water. 

The manager was moving in and allowed others to come in and clean up their campers and area they will use when the campgrounds are open. Miller said, “No one was staying.”

One winter break-in was discovered. All those inside were asked to leave.

“There has been no issue since,” Miller said. 

He told the board signs will be made to warn of the dangers of COVID-19 and the required social distancing for campers. 

A contractor is finishing work on the water supply at Memorial Park, which previously had been cited for high nitrates in the water. This filter system will bring it into compliance. 

Work will get underway for a new beach bath house at Memorial Park now that construction ban has been lifted. Materials were delivered for the project near the beach.