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. At all times, State Land Use Rules must be followed (these are general rules pertaining to DNR-managed public lands).
Camping reservations can be made up to six months and lodging reservations (cabins, yurts, tepees, lodges, shelters, etc.) can be made up to a year in advance. A new policy was put in place Nov. 1, 2017 to encourage people to firm up their reservations further in advance of their planned camping dates. Learn about our reservation modification and cancellation policies.
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.
In an effort to reduce the impact to infrastructure, protect natural resources and serve customers more efficiently, a new policy will require non-campers to pay a $10 fee (in addition to the Recreation Passport requirement) to utilize dump/sanitary stations in all modern campgrounds except for locations where infrastructure can't withstand additional use. The locations that will restrict the use of dump stations to campers only include Bewabic SP, Burt Lake SP, Cheboygan SP, Fort Custer SP, Hoeft SP, Holly RA (currently closed), Interlochen SP, North Higgins Lake SP, Rifle River RA, Seven Lakes SP and Twin Lakes SP. (SP= State Park; RA= Recreation Area)
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.
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
Conducting commercial activity on state land is a violation of the notice 299.922(dd) and MCL 324.504. Selling or renting a state-owned campsite, cabin, lodge, or harbor slip is defined as commercial activity. Reservations must be canceled if they cannot be used by the original reservation holder; selling the site and transferring to another party is prohibited and park staff may not honor a reservation that has been sold and transferred.
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 .
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. Campsite reservations are available in the following state forest campgrounds at midnrreservations.com and can be made up to six months in advance:
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.
You may change, modify or cancel your reservation online at midnrreservations.com or by calling the reservation call center at 1-800-447-2757; however, the $10 reservation fee is non-refundable and additional cancellation fees 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).
* There is an additional fee of $10 per night/pet/cabin or $15 per night/pet/lodge in Harrisville, Leelanau, Sleepy Hollow, Lime Island and Cheboygan ONLY. This is part of a pet-friendly lodging program.
When the booking window opens, reservable inventory becomes available Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.