people on a deck at a park
  • The DNR partners with small businesses to help expand visitor services and experiences throughout the DNR parks and recreation system. These concessionaires provide goods and/or services and have the ability to enter into a contract for up to seven years. Throughout the parks and recreation system, you'll find concessions, restaurants, gift shops, rental outfitters, water park operators, guide services and many other "outdoorpreneur" partners.

    The DNR also works with small businesses to provide RV rentals and guide services to visitors, as well as welcomes new ideas and thinking outside what’s always been done. 

    Interested in future opportunities or want to share an idea? Contact Lori Green at GreenL9@Michigan.gov or call 989-275-5151 x2722006 if you'd like to be notified about future business opportunities or want to share your idea.

Current business opportunities in Michigan state parks

Location Business opportunity Submission deadline Bid packet & other info
Pinckney Recreation Area farming activities Feb. 23, 2021 at  2 p.m. Pinckney - Invitation to Bid
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ski hill, chalet, cafeteria, stores, vending machines and disc golf TBA TBA
Tippy Dam Recreation Area food truck (upper parking lot) Open, DNR will consider all proposals Tippy Dam - original invitation to bid
Wilson State Park water park and/or mobile food Open, DNR will consider all proposals Wilson - orginial invitation to bid

Current Concessions

See a list of current concessions in state parks (updated February 2021)

See a list of vendors permitted to provide services on Belle Isle Park and at the Outdoor Adventure Center (updated July 2020)