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Camping 101

First Time Campers Program, Setting up the Tent

Explore Your Parks Banner For anyone who hasn't camped in a state park before and wants to give it a try, we are partnering with The North Face to offer Camping 101 - a two-night camping trip with all the gear, guides and good times included! Use of gear, two nights of camping, and instruction on how to pitch a tent, start a campfire and more is all available for just $20.

What do I get for my $20?

  • First Time Camper Informational Welcome Kit
  • Park ranger to help you set up camp
  • Two Nights of Camping
  • Gear provided by The North Face
  • tent *
  • tarp *
  • flashlight *
  • lantern *
  • camp stove *
  • (4) hot dog /marshmallow cookers *
  • * These items are lent to you by The North Face. They must be returned.

    Don't Forget to Download a Copy of the Activity Guide!

    How do I participate?

    1. Choose a date.
    2. Choose one of the state parks or state recreation areas listed below.
    3. Contact that park and ask the park supervisor to enroll you as a First Time Camper.

    Participating Parks and Recreation Areas:

    Algonac State Park - 810-765-5605
    Baraga State Park - 906-353-6882
    Bay City Recreation Area - 989-648-3020
    Cheboygan State Park - 231-627-2811
    Hartwick Pines State Park - 989-348-7068
    Hoffmaster State Park - 231-798-3711
    Holly Recreation Area - 248-634-8811
    Interlochen State Park - 231-276-9511
    Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park - 231-922-5270
    Metamora-Hadley State Park - 810-797-4439
    Muskegon State Park - 231-744-3480
    Pinckney Recreation Area - 734-426-4913 (Sun-Thur nights Only)
    Pontiac Lake Recreation Area - 248-666-1020
    Port Crescent State Park - 989-738-8663
    Silver Lake State Park - 231-873-3083 (Participating after Labor Day)
    Sleeper State Park - 989-856-4411
    Sterling State Park - 734-289-2715
    Wilson State Park - 989-539-3021
    Young State Park - 231-582-7523

    A Recreation Passport is required for entry into any Michigan state park or recreation area. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

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