Pets Rules

We welcome your furry friends at our state parks, recreation areas, forests and campgrounds. Pets are also allowed on non-designated bathing beach areas, many boat launches and the majority of trails.

The following rules apply to pets at ALL locations:

  • Pets must be on a 6-foot leash and 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 (cabins, yurts, offices, 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) are welcome in the following locations:

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 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.

Pet-friendly shoreline 
Pets are allowed in non-designated bathing beach areas within state parks and recreation areas. The following parks have sections of pet-friendly shorelines:

Trails - In most cases, pets are welcome on state-designated trails, however there are some instances where pets are not allowed. Always check trailhead signage to make sure pets are allowed.

Boat Launches - The majority of boat launches allow pets, with the exception of the following boating access sites during certain times of the year.

Harbors - Pets are allowed in state harbors. Some harbors have a designated pet area, so please learn the rules at each harbor.