people on a deck at a park
  • We have a number of opportunities available for operating concessions in Michigan state parks and other destinations. These concessionaires provide goods and/or services and have the ability to enter into a contract for up to seven years. Our expectation is that concessionaires have prior business experience and adequate working capital to fund the concession. Arrangements can be made for the DNR to visit the concession with interested bidders.

    Become an Outdoorpreneur,  Aug. 2-4 in Traverse City

    The DNR is hosting a destination learning program in Traverse City for entrepreneurs interested in starting a business iin state parks, on state trails or near waterways.. Learn from seasoned "outdoorpreneurs" through hands-on experiences, plus get business basics including a business plan and potential return on investment (ROI) with Davenport University. View registration information. The dealine to register is July 18.

Current Business Opportunities in State Parks

Location Business opportunity Bid submission deadline Bid packet & other info
Highland Recreation Area, Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, Port Crescent State Park, Riverwoods, Sleeper State Park and Wm. C. Sterling State Park Alternative lodging in state parks Pre-response meeting: June 12 at 10 a.m.
Submittal deadline: July 24 at 5 p.m.

Request for Info

Riverwoods Dev. Info

Riverwoods Site Plan

Riverwoods Summary of Costs

Riverwoods Utility Memo

Riverwoods Due Care Plan

Riverwoods Supporting Analysis

Questions and answers to Request for Proposal

Belle Isle Park Food vending
(Please note that StrEeats of Belle Isle is the DNR’s food concession manager for the park)
ongoing 2019 StrEats food vendor application
Copper Harbor State Harbor Lighthouse tours and store concession Seeking proposals Copper Harbor Request for Proposal
Dodge #4 State Park Food concession Seeking proposals Dodge #4 Request for Proposal
North Higgins Lake State Park Mobile food & stand-up paddleboard rental Seeking proposals North Higgins Request for Proposal
Pinckney Recreation Area Watercraft rental at Bruin Lake Seeking proposals Pinckney Request for Propsal

Current Concessions

See a list of current concessions in state parks (updated 5/13/19)

See a list of vendors permitted to provide services on Belle Isle Park and at the Outdoor Adventure Center (updated 7/1/19)

  • Future opportunities:

    Please send an email to Lori Ruff, concession manager, or call 989-275-5151 x2722006 if you would like to:

    • Be notified about upcoming concession opportunities. Please email your contact information, location and/or type of concession. You will be contacted when opportunities arise.
    • Share your concession ideas. Please send your contact information, location, type of concession you are interested and your business plan. You may be contacted if there are upcoming opportunities.