• Michigan's Outdoors Are Open For You



  • Over the past 18 months, we've seen an increase in the number of people visiting our parks, trails, boat launches and rivers. Because so many people continue to flock to the outdoors, it's critical that we all do our part to protect our places and resources so that we all can continue to enjoy them for years to come.

    Below are some steps you can take to stay safe and protect the health and beauty of our great state.

Pillars of responsible recreation

Additional tips for being safe and responsible

Additional Tips

    • Pets must always be on a 6-foot leash and under an owner's immediate control. Pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.
    • Stay on designated trails - going off-trail can cause erosion and damage habitat. Please avoid using trails that are muddy so you don't leave uneven footprints or tire tracks. If you must traverse a muddy section of a trail, go right through the center rather than traveling around the mud and widening the trail.
    • Michigan's weather can change very quickly. Always bring extra clothes even if you think you won't need them.
    • If you are going out on your own, always tell someone where you are going. If venturing out with a group, consider the ability level of everyone, including dogs, if you bring one.
    • If you build a campfire or a bonfire (where allowed), make sure to douse the fire with water, stir and douse again before leaving the site. If you plan to burn yard debris, check our permission to burn page to see if it's safe that day. Check out more fire safety tips.
    • Be mindful of Great Lakes beach safety. DO NOT swim near or jump off breakwalls or navigational channel walls, and pay attention to changing conditions.
    • When paddling, stay close to shore and always wear your lifejacket - even if you are a good swimmer.
    • Check yourself for ticks. Make sure your pets are protected and check them often.

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