Pet-Friendly Opportunities in Michigan State Parks

State Park Guest Walking a Dog

The Michigan DNR welcomes you and your pets to enjoy parks, trails and harbors together. Like most outdoor activities within a state park, there are some rules and regulations that apply to having a pet with you. These basic "petiquette" rules will help make your trip safe and enjoyable for you and your pets, as well as for those around you.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pets must be under an owner's immediate control on a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
  • Do not allow your pet to make excessive noise.
  • Clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.
  • Keep your pets from interacting with wildlife or disturbing visitors.

Pet Safety Suggestions

  • Always remember that your pet needs water as much as you do, especially when active for long periods of time.
  • Be conscious of the possible temperature extremes which your pet may be exposed to here in Michigan, such as extremely hot sand in summer and the frigid cold water during winter.
  • Don't assume that your pet is physically able to negotiate the same terrain that you can.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended in your vehicle.
  • In the same way you may carry needed medicine or first aid supplies for yourself, don't forget the possible needs of your pet.
  • It is important for both the safety of your pet and the park's wildlife that you do not allow the two to interact.
  • During hunting season, it is recommended that park visitors wear blaze orange for their safety. It is equally important that your pet wears blaze orange as well.

Pet-friendly shorelines
The following parks allow some form of pet-friendly water access. Please contact the individual parks for specific questions about the pet-friendly opportunities that may be available.