Pets at state park campgrounds, beaches and boating access sites
We welcome your furry friends at our state parks, recreation areas, forests and campgrounds. Pets are also allowed on non-designated bathing beach areas along the shoreline, most boat launches and on the majority of trails.
The following rules apply to pets at ALL locations:
- They must be on a 6-foot leash.
- They must be under your immediate control at all times.
- Always clean up after your pet.
- Keep pets from interacting with wildlife.
- Keep pets from disturbing visitors.
- With the exceptions of the locations included in the pet-friendly lodging pilot program, pets are not allowed in state buildings including cabins, yurts, teepees and lodges.
Pet-friendly lodging pilot program
The DNR extends a warm paw of welcome, so furry companions can enjoy Michigan’s best outdoor recreation destinations. Beginning Nov. 1, 2017, up to two pets (dogs and cats only) can stay in these state park cabins:
- Harrisville State Park (mini cabin #186)
- Lime Island State Park (mini cabin #4)
- Leelanau State Park (Hemlock and Cedar)
- Sleepy Hollow State Park (rustic cabin)
- Cheboygan State Park (lodge)
Cabins and lodges can be booked up to 12 months in advance. This means that reservations can be made as early as November 2016. To make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 800-44-PARKS (800-447-2757). *There is an additional fee of $10 per night/pet/cabin or $15 per night/pet/lodge. All pet rules and leash laws still apply.
Pets are allowed in non-designated bathing beach areas within our state parks and recreation areas. The following parks have sections of pet friendly shorelines:
- Baraga State Park
- Brighton Recreation Area - pet-friendly section of shoreline available on Chilson Pond
- Burt Lake State Park - pet-friendly section shoreline available on Burt Lake
- Dodge #4 State Park - a section of pet-friendly shoreline is available to the west of the rock jetty
- Grand Mere State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigan park shoreline (1 mile)
- Harrisville State Park - pet-friendly section of shoreline available at the north end of the camper's beach (accessible via a foot trail near site #103)
- Holland State Park - the pet friendly beach is located in the Lake Macatawa day use area directly across from the Lake Mac campground
- Holly Recreation Area
- McLain State Park - portion of Lake Superior shoreline is pet-friendly
- Mears State Park - southernmost section of shoreline is pet-friendly
- Otsego Lake State Park - pet-friendly section of shoreline on Otsego Lake (only accessible via a flight of stairs near site 64 and may not be accessible during high water)
- Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - entire length of park shoreline
- Port Crescent State Park - pet-friendly section of shoreline available near the mouth of the Pinnebog River (accessible via the steel bridge that connects to the hiking trails closest to the campground)
- Silver Lake State Park - pets are welcome throughout the park but are not allowed on any portion of “designated bathing beach” area
- Sleepy Hollow State Park - a section of pet-friendly shoreline is available 100 yards north of the Lake Ovid swimming beach; follow ‘Dog Beach’ signs from the main beach parking lot
- South Higgins Lake State Park - two pet-friendly areas of shoreline, including the day-use area and a campers-only area near the west campground
- Tawas Point State Park - pet-friendly section of shoreline available on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse (enclosed by fencing)
- Twin Lakes State Park
- Warren Dunes State Park - 2.5 miles of pet-friendly Lake Michigan shoreline (north of the northernmost swim buoy)
- Young State Park - a section of pet-friendly shoreline is available east of the boat launch
In most cases, we welcome pets on our trails, however there are some instances where pets are not allowed. Always check trailhead signage to make sure that pets are allowed.
Pets are allowed in state harbors. Some harbors have a designated pet area, so please learn the rules at each harbor.