• Michigan's Outdoors Are Open For You



  • Last year, we saw an increase in the number of people visiting our parks, trails, boat launches and rivers, and we excitedly anticipate more new faces this year.

    Because so many people have been flocking to the outdoors during the pandemic, it's critical that we all do our part to protect our places and resources so that we all can continue to enjoy them this year and 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 Springtime Tips

    • Spring brings warm weather, but the water is still VERY COLD! Stay close to shore when paddling and always wear your lifejacket - even if you are a good swimmer.
    • Ticks are already out and abundant. Check yourself for ticks. Make sure your pets are protected and check them often.
    • 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.
    • You may encounter baby animals in the spring who appear to be abandoned. Please leave them alone! It is very likely that they are exactly where they need to be.
    • Spring thaws bring muddy trails. As tempting as it is, please do not step off the trail to avoid mud! Be prepared to walk through wet, muddy trails.
    • Michigan's weather can change very quickly. Always bring extra clothes even if you think you won't need them.
    • 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.

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