Department of Natural Resources
Depending on where you are camping, there are different rules about how to make reservations, where you can camp, the size of your group and more.
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Only registered campers are allowed in the park after 10 p.m., with the exception of occasional night time events.
A Recreation Passport is required for entry into parks and recreation areas. Learn more about the Recreation Passport.
Alcohol possession and use is limited or prohibited at some state parks. See parks with alcohol restrictions
Pets are welcome on a 6-foot leash in state parks, campgrounds, some state park cabins, state forest campground, non-designated bathing beach areas, most harbors, the majority of trails and many boat launches. Learn more information about pet-friendly rules
Some events at parks require permits. Learn about shelter rentals and using state land
Please purchase heat-certified firewood sold in parks or purchase firewood that has been certified as heat-treated at local stores and roadside stands. In an effort to save Michigan's trees, we are considering a proposed firewood policy to combat this issue. Learn about our firewood policies
Fireworks are not permitted
With the exception of Free Fishing Weekends, if you are over the age of 17 you are required to have a license to fish. Buy your fishing or hunting license .
All state recreation areas are open to hunting unless designated closed. All state parks are closed to hunting unless designated open. Learn more and see a list of parks and recreation areas where hunting is allowed
Metal detecting is allowed in designated parks when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the resources or violate state laws. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation. See a list of parks where metal detecting is allowed.
All research activities within state parks, recreation areas, boating access sites and rail trails are required to have a use permit. Most research projects will require no fees, bonding or insurance, but will require submittal of a report at the conclusion of the project in place of monetary payment. Learn about the process for obtaining a land use permit for research
Lodging reservations can be made up to a year in advance. Campsite reservations can be made up to six months in advance. In an effort to make it easier for campers to secure reservations in Michigan state parks, the DNR put a new policy in place Nov. 1, 2017 that encourages people to firm up their reservations further in advance of their planned camping dates. Customers may change or cancel a reservation through the reservation call center or online with a registered account. Learn about our reservation modification and cancellation policies
Camping fees and registration procedures are posted at the information kiosk at the campground. The majority of the state forest campgrounds are first come, first served. Reservations are available for the following campgrounds through midnrreservations.com:
Dispersed camping is permitted on any state-owned land for free. The following rules apply:
The following resources are available to help determine where dispersed camping is available:
The camp registration is available at the local DNR Office or to download:
Please be sure you understand the new reservation cancellation and modification policies for campgrounds and lodging in state parks.
In an effort to make it easier for campers to secure reservations in Michigan state parks, the DNR put a new policy in place Nov. 1, 2017 that encourages people to firm up their reservations further in advance of their planned camping dates. Customers may change or cancel a reservation through the reservation call center or online with a registered account. The reservation fee is non-refundable and additional cancellation fees will apply.
|How long reservation held:||% charged of unused nights|
|up to 2 months||10%|
|2 to 3 months||15%|
|3 to 4 months||20%|
|4 to 5 months||30%|
|5 months or greater||40%|
See below for rates and operating dates for state park and state forest campgrounds
The following fees do not include the non-refundable fee that is assessed when making reservations in advance at www.midnrreservations.com ($8) or 1-800-44-PARKS ($10).
The Michigan state park system, as a whole, operates on funding provided by camping fees (approximately 48%), Recreation Passport sales and other user fees. New camping rate adjustment took effect Nov. 1, 2017, and will support critical infrastructure repairs and improvements across the state. As of Nov. 1, 2017, the tiered camping rate adjustments (based on summer campground occupancy rates) are: