Reservation prices for state facilities

Funding for Michigan state parks

Michigan state parks are operated without tax supported funds, and depend nearly totally on camping fees and the revenue from the Recreation Passport. Dedicated tax funding specifically for Michigan state parks was removed by the legislature, making Michigan one of the few self-supporting state park systems in the nation. Despite this, and despite the many facilities managed by the DNR, the Michigan State Park& system continually ranks among the best-operated systems in the nation. Michigan state parks are funded by four sources:

  1. Park endowment fund
  2. Recreation Passport
  3. Camping
  4. Concession permit and other permit fees

Camping and reservation fees

An $8 online/$10 phone reservation fee provides funding for the Central Reservation System, which provides convenient access to reservations on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis, as well as purchasing Recreation Passports and other vendor items sold in the parks and harbors. The campground and harbor reservation system annually serves over one million customers and manages the daily inventory of 14,500+ campsites, lodges and harbor slips.