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Michigan state parks kick off 2014 with 'Shoe Year's Day' snowshoe and hiking events

Contact: Maia Turek, 989-225-8573 or Ed Golder, 517-284-6241
Agency: Natural Resources

Shoe Year's Day participants hiking through the woods in the winter at a state park

Dec. 20, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) are partnering together to help Michigan residents get Fresh Air Fit this year with special "Shoe Year's Day" snowshoe and hiking events taking place in state parks and recreation areas across the state.

Most events take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, but there are a few others later during that week. Strap on a pair of snowshoes or lace up hiking boots and join other fitness-minded individuals for these "Shoe Year's Day" treks. Participants will receive healthy lifestyle tips from local experts, learn about Fresh Air Fit programs at the parks, enjoy healthy refreshments and make an official pledge to get Fresh Air Fit this year.

Scheduled Shoe Year's Day events include:

All "Shoe Year's Day" events are free; however, a Recreation Passport is required for any vehicle entering a Michigan state park. Snowshoes will be available to rent at most locations. Check out the full January calendar of events at to find a Shoe Year's Day event near you.

Cabin rentals are available for overnight stays at state parks and recreation areas across the state. Now, cabin and camping reservations are made easier than ever with the DNR's new and improved website and call center campground reservation system (CRS), which is now accessible from your smart phone.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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