Park Hours

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Only registered campers are allowed in the park after 10 p.m., with the exception of occasional nighttime events


  • Camping check in is 3 p.m., check out is 1 p.m. Campers must check in upon arrival, either at the office or with a yellow phone in the off-season.
  • Camping is permitted in designated sites only
  • No more than 6 people per campsite, no more than 2 vehicles per site
  • In tent-only campsites, as many tents as necessary to accommodate a single camping party are permitted within the boundaries of the site. In other sites, one primary camping shelter and one tent are allowed (exception: children may occupy up to two tents on the same site as their parents or guardians)
  • Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only.
  • Discharge of firearms, air guns, slingshots or arrows are not permitted in campground boundaries
  • A responsible person (18 years of age or older) must register and be a member of the party camping each night.
  • Radios, generators or other amplified devices may not be used in a manner that creates excessive noise.

Recreation Passport

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into parks and recreation areas. Learn more about 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

Events (shelter rentals, event permits, etc.)

Some events at parks require permits. Learn about shelter rentals and obtaining permission to use state land 


To protect the current and long-term health of Michigan's trees, visitors are asked to either 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, all anglers over the age of 17 are required to have a fishing license. Buy your fishing or hunting  license online


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

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