• Recreation Passport logo 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.
  • Here. For Generations.

    We all enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors — from hiking and biking to fishing and camping, bird-watching and all the other activities Michigan offers. The Michigan Wildlife Council invites you to learn how wildlife conservation and management protect and preserve our forests, waters and wildlife so they are here for generations.

Highlighted Stories

  • A snow-covered, wooded trail at night, lit by lanterns Experience nature on a lantern-lit, wintertime trail

    Several Michigan state parks offer a unique way to experience nature each winter as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources presents lantern-lit snowshoeing and cross-country skiing events.

  • Two male anglers ice fishing, one holding auger, with sled of gear nearby The lure of ice fishing strikes many anglers in Michigan

    Michigan is a place where anglers can take up their rod and fish year-round with the expectation of having fantastic experiences. Winter is no exception, with thousands of lakes open to ice fishing. Ice fishing attracts thousands of Michigan men and women who brave winter weather to keep on fishing. Many say they actually prefer fishing through the ice to the open-water sport.

  • Bicyclists riding along waterfront on Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County Trust Fund finances important projects, big and small

    As 2016 winds down, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources concludes its year-long celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Since its inception in 1976, the Trust Fund has bankrolled more than 2,000 projects – providing funding to local units of government and the DNR to purchase land and land rights or developing outdoor recreation projects.