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.
Meteors & S'mores
We invite you to catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" in participating state parks. 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. 9-16, we encourage you 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.
Upcoming Dark Sky Events
- Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area - Star Party
Join the 7-Ponds Astronomy Club for an educational program about constellations followed by stargazing.
- Leelanau State Park - Meteors and S'mores
Experience Leelanau State Park during the Perseid meteor shower where you will potentially be able to see hundreds of meteors flash across the sky.
- Clear Lake State Park - Meteors and S'mores
Enjoy a s'more and watch hundreds of meteors flash across the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower.
2017 International Dark Sky Week
This year's International Dark Sky Week took place April 22-28 and offered plenty of opportunities to enjoy the night sky. A number of our state parks stayed open past their normal hours for self-guided stargazing and views of the night sky. If you missed out on this year's Dark Sky week (or joined us and want to do it again), make sure to tune in next year to take advantage of this great opportunity to view the night sky from our state parks!