• 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

  • Man, woman and dog by campfire in fire pit at Muskallonge Lake State Park campground Fall head over heels with Michigan camping and lodging

    As the warmth of summer transitions into autumn, many people are gearing up for some cool fall camping to enjoy the colors, hiking, mountain biking, fall fishing or hunting, or just being outdoors with the sights, sounds and smells of autumn. Since residents and visitors are never more than a half-hour away from a Michigan state park or recreation area, state forest rustic campground, state trail or waterway, there are plenty of opportunities to savor Michigan’s great outdoors this fall.

  • The dam over the Pigeon River recently removed through a cooperative effort and legal action. Dam removal brings new life to Pigeon River

    For nearly a century, the Pigeon River in the northeast Lower Peninsula has been a beautiful, blue-ribbon trout stream scarred with a flaw sometimes fatal to fish – a dam situated about 15 miles downstream from the river’s source. Now, after a collaborative effort and litigation involving the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the dam – located near Vanderbilt in Otsego County – has been removed from the landscape, an important accomplishment that has been a long time coming.

  • Man kneeling down to care for a newly planted tree DNR partners with grantees for important habitat improvements on state-managed land

    When the Michigan Department of Natural Resources sought approval for a hunting license fee increase a couple years back, it promised hunters they’d get “more bang for the buck” from the additional funding. The DNR is following through by offering grants to conservation groups, other government agencies and interested individuals to implement wildlife habitat improvements in Michigan.