Dark Sky Preserves
Dark Sky Preserves are protected against light pollution and are ideal locations for stargazing. Here in Michigan, six state-designated Dark Sky Preserves are located within the following parks:
- Lake Hudson Recreation Area
- Negwegon State Park
- Port Crescent State Park
- Rockport Recreation Area
- Thompson's Harbor State Park
- Wilderness State Park
The Headlands Dark Sky Park, an Emmet County park, is the only internationally designated Dark Sky Park in the state and offers additional opportunity for viewing the night sky.
In addition, Michigan's Upper Peninsula offers excellent night sky viewing opportunities across more than 15,000 square miles.
2017 International Dark Sky Week
International Dark Sky Week, April 22-28, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the night sky. A number of our state parks will stay open for self-guided stargazing and views of the night sky during this week. Be sure to call ahead for individual park hours, and then bring a blanket, sit back and take in the sights.
Many of these events are free to attend, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry.
Meteors & S'mores
We invite you to catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" in participating state parks Aug. 12-15, 2017. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best opportunities to see shooting stars with the naked eye. Bring blankets, seating, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing – campers and visitors are all welcome! Complimentary s’mores and campfires are part of the celebration. Designated viewing areas and viewing times will be specified at each park.
For Campers: To take full advantage of the meteor showers that will take place Aug. 12-17, visitors are encouraged to make camping reservations throughout the week and to sleep under the stars. To check camping availability and make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS.