Pets in state parks

Pet-friendly recreation

Generally speaking, pets are welcome in Michigan state parks and campgrounds, state forest (rustic) campgrounds, state forests, harbors, the majority of state-designated trails and boat launches (except for some sites during certain times of the year). Pets are NOT allowed in designated bathing/swimming areas, areas protected for endangered species, such as piping plover, and any other area marked otherwise.

The following rules apply to pets at ALL locations:

  • Pets must be on a 6-foot leash and under your immediate control at all times.Pet-friendly lodging image
  • Always clean up after your pet. Please carry a waste bag with you at all times.
  • Dogs should not be left in campers or tied up unattended to prevent barking from negatively affecting the park experience of other visitors.
  • Keep pets from interacting with wildlife.
  • Keep pets from disturbing visitors.
  • Pets are not allowed in state buildings (ie. offices, bathrooms, showers, cabins and lodges) with the exception of the pet-friendly alternative lodging options listed below. 

Pet-friendly lodging - Pet-friendly lodging is available at several locations. There is an additional fee of $10 per night/pet/cabin or $15 per night/pet/lodge. Up to two pets (cats and dogs only) are allowed. 

Pet-friendly shoreline - Pets are allowed along the shoreline with the exception of designated bathing/swimming areas within state parks and areas signed otherwise (ie. piping plover nesting habitat). Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash even if they are in the water. The following are some highlighted locations: