Use of state land for events

An event is defined as a single, structured, organized, consolidated, scheduled meeting or occurrence which is on DNR-managed public lands where a fee or donation is required for participation and/or the number of people involved  is 20 or more individuals.

For events held:

At a shelter

To utilize a reservable shelter, visit  www.midnrreservations.com. If the shelter is not reservable, please contact the facility (park, recreation area, etc.) where the shelter is located. If the shelter rental is part of a larger event, and goes beyond typical shelter use (such as a bounce house), a use permit from the facility may be necessary.


At a park, recreation area, boating access site, or rail trail

Complete form PR-4760 (event use permit application). When you submit your application (PR-4760) DNR staff will review it and give it a “level of use score” depending on the impact it will have on DNR staff and the facility where the event will take place. Event fee schedule  – depending on the nature of your event, we may determine that there may be a fee associated with the event. 


In a water body

Complete form PR-9204 (marine event application). You may also be required to complete PR-4760 (event use permit). Please contact the facility (park, recreation area, boating access site, etc.) where the event will occur for more information.


On state forest land

If your event will take place somewhere other than a state park, recreation area, boating access site, or rail trail, please complete form PR-1138 (event use permit for state forest land).

State surface land use fee schedule – depending on nature of your event, monitoring fees and use fees may apply. DNR staff will review your application and determine a “level of use score” depending on the impact it will have on DNR staff and the facility where the event will take place.


Additional event information:

Liability insurance: Depending on the nature of your event on any of the above lands, you may need liability insurance as described in this document. Pages 1-3 apply to forest land use permits (PR-1138) and pages 2-3 apply to non- forest land use permits (PR-4760).

Performance bond: A performance bond may be required when the event has the potential for significant damage or disruption. The facility will notify you after reviewing your application if this is necessary.

Policies: May be obtained through DNR customer service centers

Adding your event to the DNR calendar: If you would like us to add your event to our calendar, please complete form PR-4761 (Exhibit B Event Calendar Form).


Contact information:

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact:

Elissa Buck - Event Coordinator
989-313-0000
BuckE1@michigan.gov