The DNR has a number of opportunities available for operating concessions in Michigan state parks and other destinations. These concessionaires provide goods and/or services and have the ability to enter into a contract for up to seven years. The expectation of the DNR is that concessionaires have prior business experience and adequate working capital to fund the concession. Arrangements can be made for the DNR to visit the concession with interested bidders.

Interested in other opportunities? Please email the concession manager at ruffl@michigan.gov if you are interested in:

  • Join an email list for upcoming concession opportunities. Those interested in learning about future concession opportunities are encouraged to email their contact information, location and/or type of concession. You will be contacted when future opportunities arise.
  • Starting a new concession? Those interested in new concession opportunities are encouraged to email their contact information, location, type of concession  you are interested and your business plan. You may be contacted if there are upcoming opportunities.

Current business opportunities in Michigan state parks

Location Business Opportunity Bid Submission Deadline Bid Packet
Bald Mountain Recreation Area farming operations January 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. Bald Mountain RFP
Brighton Tree Improvement Center at Brighton Recreation Area nursery operation development January 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. Brighton Nursery RFP
Copper Harbor State Harbor lighthouse tours and store concession open until further notice Copper Harbor RFP
Proud Lake Recreation Area farming operations January 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. Proud Lake RFP
William S. Sterling State Park farming operations January 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. Sterling RFP
Waterloo Recreation Area farming operations January 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. Waterloo RFP
William G. Milliken State Park mobile food concession January 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. Milliken RFP

 * A list of concessionaires in state parks (updated 10/17/17) is available for download.

More information
For more information, please contact Lori Ruff at 989-275-5151 x2006 or ruffl@michigan.gov.