Department of Natural Resources
Lay out a blanket, adjust your eyes to the dark and enjoy incredible, star-filled views. Michigan is lucky to play host to both dark sky preserves and parks that offer stellar celestial landscapes. These locations are specially designated because they have qualities that complement nighttime viewing, such as the ability to limit the amount of artificial light. Let the Milky Way, meteor showers and other night sky views the star of your next outdoor adventure!
Dark sky preserves located in six state parks
* To take full advantage of your night sky experience, make a camping reservation at MiDNRReservations.com.
Two internationally designated dark sky parks
Other stargazing oppportunities
There are plenty of excellent night-sky viewing opportunities across more than 15,000 square miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" in participating parks Aug. 3-14, 2019. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best opportunities to see shooting stars with the naked eye. Bring blankets, seating, bug spray and snacks and enjoy a night of stargazing – campers and visitors are all welcome! Complimentary s’mores and campfires are part of the celebration. Designated viewing areas and viewing times will be specified at each park.
To take full advantage of the night sky, visit MiDNRReservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS to make a reservation.
International Dark Sky Week will take place April 19-26, 2020, and will offer plenty of opportunities for stargazing and views of the night sky. Our six dark sky preserves will stay open late for self-guided viewing. Please call ahead for individual park hours.
The Saginaw Bay Visitor Center is proud to be hosting the Delta College Planetarium and Sunset Astronomical Society for a spectacular evening exploration of Michigan's beautiful night skies.
Come enjoy some Meteors and S'mores. Every August, the Perseid meteor shower puts on a show for all to enjoy as meteors flash across the night sky.
Enjoy a s'more and watch hundreds of meteors flash across the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower.
Venture out to the park's beautiful beach for meteor shower viewing and s'mores. Our explorer guide will educate you on the amazing night sky.
Visit Leelanau State Park during the Perseid meteor shower where you will potentially be able to see hundreds of meteors flash across the sky.
Come out and join park staff for an evening of Meteors and S’mores! We will keep our eyes on the skies for the Perseid meteor shower.