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 and harbors

Location Business opportunity Submission deadline Bid packet & other info
Grand Haven State Park store concession TBD coming soon
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ski hill, chalet, cafeteria, stores, vending machines and disc golf TBD TBD
Site available for sale: Portage Restaurant located in restaurant portion of Presque Isle Harbor property, 5549 E. Grand Lake Road Purchase and improve restaurant - Deadline to submit questions: July 1, 2021 at 5 p.m.
- Answers to questions will be posted July 15, 2021  at 3 p.m.
- Submission deadline Sept. 10, 2021 at 4 p.m.
- RFP approval: October 2021 

Contact: Scott Goeman, DNR Real Estate Manager, 517-599-1197

Presque Isle Harbor restaurant - request for proposal

Demographic info (U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts)

Presque Isle Harbor restaurant - request for proposal addendum

Sleepy Hollow State Park food truck and vending machine Open, DNR will consider all proposals Sleepy Hollow - invitation to bid
Tippy Dam Recreation Area food truck (upper parking lot) Open, DNR will consider all proposals Tippy Dam - invitation to bid
Van Riper State Park beach concession Open, DNR will consider all proposals Van Riper - invitation to bid
Wilson State Park water park and/or mobile food Open, DNR will consider all proposals Wilson - invitation to bid

Current Concessions

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

See a list of vendors permitted to provide services on Belle Isle Park and at the Outdoor Adventure Center (updated July 2021)