Definitions of DNR Recreational FacilitiesCamping Terms
Modern Campground: Provides modern restroom/shower building, pressurized water spigots and a sanitation station. Each campsite has electrical service available.
Semi-Modern Campground: Provides campsites with either electrical service or access to a modern restroom building. In areas that offer electrical service, vault toilets are provided. Drinking water provided by hand pumps or pressurized spigots. sanitation stations are not typically provided.
Rustic Campground: Provides vault toilets and hand pumps or pressurized spigots for water. Showers, electricity and sanitation stations are not provided.
Equestrian Campground: Provides vault toilets, hand pumps or pressurized spigots for water. May also provide hitching posts. Showers, electricity and sanitation stations are not provided.
Group Camps: This portion of the park or recreation area is open to organized youth groups and non-youth groups who desire to camp together as a group or conduct day use events in this semi-private area. All areas provide hand pumps and vault toilets. Use of the group area may require pre-approval by the local manager. Please call number provided for the camp for further information.
Mini-Cabins: A one room cabin designed to sleep up to four people, which is located within a modern campground near restroom facilities (exception: Leelanau). Structures provide electricity but no plumbing. Site amenities include; parking, picnic table, grill and /or a fire ring. In the off-season restroom facilities are provided with vault toilets and drinking water with hand pumps.
Camper Cabins: A three room cabin designed to sleep up to six people, which is located within a modern campground near restroom facilities. Structures provide electricity but no plumbing. Site amenities include; parking, picnic table, grill and / or a fire ring. In the off-season restroom facilities are provided with vault toilets and drinking water with hand pumps.
Rustic Cabins: Various sized cabins, located in isolated areas accommodating four to twenty-four people (exception: Porcupine Mountains Mirror Lake accommodates two people). Majority is either wood or propane heated with no electricity (exceptions: Highland, Holly, Sleeper and Lime Island where electricity is available). Site elements include picnic table, fire ring and or grill, with nearby vault toilets and hand pumps/or pressurized spigots (exception: Sleeper has a toilet/shower/restroom available for cabin users during the summer and shoulder seasons).
Accessible Camping Options: Access to site elements meet the Americans with Disabilities Access Guidelines (ADAAG) for building and slope requirements and the Recommendations for Accessibility Guidelines - Outdoor Developed Areas (Oct. 18, 2000) for the number of sites offered. Access routes, connecting elements at Modern Campgrounds, Mini Cabins, and Camper Cabins are surfaced with concrete or blacktop material. Semi Modern, Rustic, and Rustic Cabins have access routes surfaced with firm gravel, limestone, or slag. Equestrian, Group and Organization Campgrounds have access routes surfaced with firm gravel, limestone, slag or natural soil.
Boating and Fishing
Boat Launch: An area where vehicular driven, trailered boats are launched via a hard, graveled, or natural surface ramp.
Carry-down Site: Area where light weight boats, canoes or kayaks can be carried to and placed into the water.
Boat Rental: Provides watercraft for rent.
Shore fishing: An undeveloped area where access to a water body is firm and stable and the shoreline has fishable depths.
Fishing Pier: A fixed or floating structure that enhances access for shore fishing.
Accessible Boating and Fishing Features: Upland site elements, including parking spaces, point of sale for rentals, access routes, rental dock and ramp, leading to the point of contact with water are in compliance with ADAAG standards. Surfacing materials for access routes will either be blacktop, concrete, firm gravel or limestone. Sanitary facilities, drinking water source and skid pier, if provided, are compliant with ADAAG standards.
Biking: A developed trail of varied widths surfaced with blacktop or compacted stone on flat to rolling terrain.
Mountain Biking: A designated, rugged, natural surfaced, single track trail that offers a range of riding opportunities.
Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes/Areas: A designated trail or scramble area that offer riding opportunities for motorcycles, ATV's and 4x4 vehicles.
Cross-country Skiing: A groomed trail or pathway, or un-groomed trail open to cross-country skiing.
Equestrian Trails: A designated trail open to horseback riding.
Snowmobiling: An area within a State Park or Recreation Area or a designated State Trail that is open to snowmobiling activities. Specific local regulations may apply.
Hiking: Natural or hard surfaced trails or pathways of varying widths that provide a variety of hiking challenges.
Accessible (hiking): Trailhead complies with ADAAG standards. Trail slopes and widths are in compliance with proposed Recommendations for Accessibility Guidelines - Outdoor Developed Areas for hiking trails. Surfacing materials are blacktop, concrete, boardwalk, or firm gravel, limestone, slag, or soils. If provided, sanitary facilities and drinking water source are compliant with ADAAG standards.
Accessible (all other trail types): Trailheads and access routes leading to the trail or scramble area's point of entry comply with ADAAG standards. A trailhead contains accessible parking spaces and access routes that have blacktop, concrete, boardwalk, or firm gravel, limestone, slag, or soil surfacing. If provided, sanitary facilities and drinking water source are compliant with ADAAG standards.
Areas and Site Elements:
Picnic Area: An area, outside of a campground boundary where picnic table(s) are provided. Some areas provide grills. If provided, sanitary facilities are either modern or rustic and water hydrants are either hand pumps or a pressurized fountain.
Shelter: An open, hard surfaced, structure where picnic tables are provided for group use. Grills, electricity, sanitary facilities and drinking water may be provided. Reservations may be required.
Beachhouse: Provides clothes changing area and most provide modern restrooms.
Concession/Store: Provides food, beverages, and may offer supplies.
Equestrian Stables: Area that provides horse back riding rentals. Some locations may also provide group events, picnic areas, and hay rides.
Swimming: Designated, buoyed area for swimming use.
Playground: An area or site that contains play structures or equipment.
Hunting: An area where hunting is allowed. Specific local regulations may apply.
Lighthouse: Location where a historic or functional lighthouse can be viewed. Some may be open to the public.
Shooting/Archery Range: Practice facilities for firearm or bow and arrow target shooting that may be under the direct supervision of a range officer.
Visitor Centers: A structure where information on the environment and/or cultural features are provided via displays, exhibits and audio-visual presentations.
Interpretive Program: Special programs or activities conducted by naturalists, interpreting aspects of Michigan's unique natural, historical or cultural features.
Watchable Wildlife: An area or site that has been identified by Wildlife biologists to provide good opportunities to view wildlife. A complete list of sites is available on http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/wildlife/viewingguide/
Accessible Areas and Site Elements (except hunting and interpretive programs): All man made elements, I.E. structures, parking, point of sale, table, grill, sanitary facilities, and drinking water sources, and the access routes between them are in compliance with ADAAG. Access routes in a State Park or Recreation Area are either concrete, blacktop, wooden boardwalk or firm gravel, limestone, slag, soils. Access routes within State Forests are firm gravel, limestone, slag, soil or grass.
Accessible (interpretive program): Programs conducted within facilities that meet ADAAG design standards. Accommodations for hearing and visual impairments provided.
Accessible (hunting): A designated hunting site or structure that provides an access route between the site and an accessible parking area that complies with ADAAG. Access routes can consist of boardwalks, firm gravel, limestone, slag, soil or grass surfaces.