Department of Natural Resources
Dark Sky Preserves are protected against light pollution and are ideal locations for stargazing. Michigan is home to state-designated Dark Sky Preserves located within six state parks. There also are plenty of excellent night-sky viewing opportunities across more than 15,000 square miles in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In addition, the Headlands Dark Sky Park (Emmet County park) is the only internationally designated Dark Sky Park in the state and offers additional opportunities for viewing the night sky. Dark Sky Preserves are located in the following state parks:
To take full advantage of the night sky, check camping availability and make a reservation at www.midnrreservations.com or 1-800-44PARKS.
Catch magnificent views of the Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" in participating parks Aug. 9-13, 2018. 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 www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS to make a reservation.
International Dark Sky Week will take place April 15-21, 2018 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.
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 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.
Celebrate 100 years of Michigan state parks by venturing 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.
Enjoy a s'more and watch hundreds of meteors flash across the night sky during the Perseid meteor shower.