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
Burt Lake State Park beach concession Jan. 12, 2020 by 2 p.m. Burt Lake - Invitation to Bid
Fort Custer Recreation Area store and watercraft rental Dec. 22. 2020 by 2 p.m. Fort Custer - Invitation to Bid
Holland State Park beach concession Dec. 22, 2020 by 2 p.m. Holland - Invitation to Bid
Interlochen State Park park concession Jan. 12, 2021 by 2 p.m. Interlochen park concession - Invitation to Bid
Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park bicycle and watercraft rentals Jan. 12, 2021 by 2 p.m. Traverse City - Invitation to Bid
Ludington State Park stores and bicycle and watercraft rental Jan. 12, 2021 by 2 p.m.

Ludington - Invitation to Bid

Concession bid question & answers

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ski hill, chalet, cafeteria, stores, vending machines and disc golf

Nov. 30, 2020 by 2 p.m.

  • Pre-response meeting and site tour 10 a.m. EST Oct. 22, 2020
  • Deadline to submit questions 5 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2020
  • Answers to questions will be posted by 10 a.m. EST Nov. 13, 2020
  • Deadline to submit proposal 2 p.m. EST Nov. 30, 2020
  • Anticipated contract award 5 p.m. EST Dec. 14, 2020

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Invitation to Bid

Pre-bid meeting notes

Concession photos

Presque Isle State Harbor restaurant

Nov. 11, 2020 by 5 p.m.

  • Pre-response meeting and site tour 11 a.m. EST Oct. 21, 2020
  • Deadline to submit questions 5 p.m. EST Oct. 30, 2020
  • Answers to questions will be posted by 10 a.m. EST Nov. 3, 2020
  • Deadline to submit response 5 p.m. EST Nov. 11, 2020
  • Request for Proposal date (approximate) January 2021

Presque Isle State Harbor - Request for Interest

Presque Isle State Harbor Visitor Data 2017-2019

Seeks redevelopment ideas and will result in a January 2021 bid letting

Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center watercraft rental
Open bid, DNR will consider all proposals
RAM Center - Request for Proposal
Tippy Dam Recreation Area food truck (upper parking lot) Jan. 12, 2021 by 2 p.m. Tippy Dam - Invitation to Bid
Warren Dunes State Park mobile food concession Jan. 12, 2021 by 2 p.m. Warren Dunes - Invitation to Bid
Waterloo Recreation Area horse stables Jan. 12, 2021 by 2 p.m. Waterloo - Invitation to Bid
Wilson State Park water park and/or mobile food
Open bid, DNR will consider all proposals
Wilson - open bid

Current Concessions

See a list of current concessions in state parks (updated October 2020)

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