Camping, Parks & Recreation Areas

  • Campgrounds, state parks and recreation areas remain open, although a few campgrounds have temporarily closed due to delays in construction as a result of the stay-home order and associated spending restrictions. These closures are listed on the DNR closures page.
  • The majority of park amenities are open; however, drinking fountains remain closed until further notice.
  • The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas.
  • Visitor centers are open with reduced days and hours of operation.
  • The Oct. 9 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Gathering Prohibition and Face Covering Order requires everyone to wear a face covering when two or more persons are present in indoor public spaces, including restrooms/shower buildings, contact stations and visitor centers. Violators are subject to a penalty of up to $1,000.
  • Outdoors – on trails or at campsites – stay at least 6 feet from people who aren’t from your household and wear a mask if you’re going to be near others.
  • Staff will clean restrooms/shower buildings several times a day. At least once per day, these buildings will be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • DNR staff wear face coverings when indoors and outdoors within 6 feet of others; however, you may see some employees without masks when they are handling more solitary duties that are situated farther away from visitors. This could include things like mowing grass or driving alone in a vehicle.
  • Overnight lodging facilities, including cabins, lodges and yurts, will be cleaned and sanitized according to CDC guidelines after each reservation holder checks out.
  • If possible, please pay by debit or credit card to decrease the exchange of money and face-to-face contact.
  • We encourage you to bring your own gloves and disinfectant and whatever else you deem necessary to protect yourself while in campgrounds and parks.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Hard surfaces, such as playground equipment, handrails and picnic tables, will not be sanitized between each use. You may use your own sanitation wipes.
  • Camper check-in procedures may vary by location.
  • Know before you go, check for other closures at