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Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Kitch-iti-kipi in Palms Book State Park State Park Spotlight - Palms Book State ParkKitch-iti-kipi, in Palms Book State Park, is Michigan's largest freshwater spring with captivatingly clear emerald waters that remain at a 45-degree temperature year-round. An ADA accessible, self-operated observation raft allows visitors to explore the spring, overlooking fascinating underwater features. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and massive trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Every minute, more than 10,000 gallons of water gush from fissures in the underlying limestone, creating ever-changing clouds of sand and captivating the imagination of young and old alike.
  • Experience the new mobile friendly campground and harbor central reservation systemBrowse the website, experience the improvements, and make your reservation at a state park or harbor.

  • Camping 101Explore your parks! For just $20 you get: use of gear, two nights of camping, and instruction on how to pitch a tent, start a campfire and more.

Highlighted Stories

  • Fallen tree limb from a storm near an RV on campsiteMichigan state parks focus on visitor safety by becoming 'StormReady'In Michigan, 17 state parks are certified by the National Weather Service as "StormReady," meaning they have a system in place to monitor the weather, receive weather alerts, and alert employees and visitors. These parks have the latest technology and communication tools - such as weather radios, emergency sirens and PA systems - to keep visitors informed and safe during severe weather events like wind storms.
  • Holt High School science teacher Heather Peterson with a lake trout she netted on Higgins Lake.DNR's Academy of Natural Resources gives teachers valuable "been there, done that" experienceThe DNR's Academy of Natural Resources, now in its seventh year, enrolls teachers into a week-long crash course on natural resources. The idea is to provide the teachers with a broad overview of natural resources that they can use in their classrooms. Teachers say it's a strategy that works - what they learn at the academy translates into improved learning about the environment and natural resources for their students.
  • Upper Black River Council member helps place structure in the river to improve trout habitat.Partnerships key to success of upper Black River brook trout fisheryThe northeastern Lower Peninsula's upper Black River, long recognized as one of Michigan's best brook trout streams, has become a destination point for anglers chasing wild brookies. But that doesn't mean it can't be even better. And a unique group of partners - known as the Upper Black River Council - has been doing its best to make it so.



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