Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • E-License Gift Certificate sample Buy a DNR E-License Gift Certificate

    Looking for the perfect gift? Buy a DNR E-License Gift Certificate at www.mdnr-elicense.com today!

    • Gift Certificates may be found under the category Miscellaneous in denominations of $20, $50, or $100
    • You can buy as many as you like in one easy transaction.
    • Gift certificates are delivered electronically immediately with a receipt and may be printed or emailed to recipient(s).
    • Gift certificates do not expire and may be used during any license year for hunting or fishing licenses and applications, ORV and Snowmobile Trail decals, or Pure Michigan applications on the E-License website.

    For help with the purchase process or questions about Gift Certificates, please call 517-284-6057 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Recreation Passport When you renew your license plate registration, you'll experience state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and hundreds of shopping discounts. You'll also support historic and cultural sites in state parks grants for neighborhood parks.
  • Trails

    We have our everyday roads that take us to the places we have to be. But when we take a trail, we know we're headed for someplace extraordinary. The trails of Michigan are waiting to take us away. So let's pack up and take on the trails of Pure Michigan.

Highlighted Stories

  • Two students show each other nature photos taken on cellphones at the Spring Hill School Forest. School forests provide valuable legacy of learning

    Forests can be a lot of things, depending on one’s perspective – even a classroom. The state’s school forest program, which began back in the 1920s, provides outdoors classrooms that offer unique opportunities for teachers and students to learn and find inspiration in nature.

  • USDA biologist Aaron Bowden releases GPS transmitter-harnessed snowy owl at Waterloo Recreation Area DNR aids effort to study, help snowy owls

    People across Michigan this winter have been reporting an influx of snowy owls from their Arctic tundra home territory. The reason the owls unpredictably travel so far south is not well understood by biologists, but the behavior is linked to food supply, the number of chicks the owls produce in a given year and weather. The DNR’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory is helping researchers with “Project SNOWstorm” determine the potential environmental effects of the owls’ southward journeys.

  • two deer in forest with snow falling and snow on the ground What a difference a year makes

    With the effects of one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns on record – warmer Pacific Ocean waters producing atmospheric changes in weather thousands of miles away – this winter certainly is different than last. As a result, weather forecasters predict above-average temperatures and drier winter conditions across the northern tier of the country, including Michigan. DNR wildlife biologists have been fielding inquiries about how milder conditions might be affecting wildlife this winter.