• Michigan's State Emergency Operations Center coordinates release of all important news related to COVID-19, and the DNR and all state agencies are working closely with the SEOC. Sign up to receive news releases directly from the SEOC.

  • In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have closed public access to many facilities and have canceled all group events until further notice.

    Daily updates will be provided on this webpage. The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

    Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Parks, Trails, Forests and other Public Lands

  • State parks and recreation areas, trails, boating access sites, forests and other public land currently remain open to provide residents with local opportunities to get outdoors.

    The governor’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order states that nonessential travel is not permissible, including travel to outdoor destinations outside your local area. Traveling outside local communities could unintentionally increase the spread of COVID-19. We are asking all park and trail users to stay local and not travel far distances for any activity, including ORV riding, fishing, boating, hiking or other outdoor recreation activities.

    Effective social distancing is required so that unsafe conditions do not develop and state-managed lands can remain open.

    An an emergency order issued April 2 sets a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for not complying with executive orders banning gatherings and nonessential businesses, including social distancing (not keeping at least 6 feet between individuals). Criminal penalties for violation will remain an option for prosecutors.

  • Information for parks and other state lands:

    Many park amenities have been closed including (but not limited to): concessions, playgrounds and play equipment, viewing platforms, fishing piers, GaGa ball pits, volleyball and basketball courts, designated dog areas, disc golf courses, radio-controlled flying fields, pump tracks, and picnic tables and shelters.

    All bathroom buildings and vault toilets are closed. Many locations, where available, will be transitioning to portable toilets cleaned by local vendors. Please plan accordingly to avoid needing a restroom during a visit.

    A significant amount of trash has been left at parks, boat launches and trailheads. With limited staff and the need to minimize public contact, trash services have been reduced to dumpsters in designated locations. Protect our natural resources and bring a trash bag to carry out your trash and recyclables.

    No hand washing stations will be provided. Please carry hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes containing at least 60% alcohol.​

    State park headquarters buildings and contact stations are closed to the public.

    A requirement that a Recreation Passport is needed for state park and recreation area entry has been suspended.

    Information for trails:

    State-managed trails, including ORV trails, remain open. However, grooming and other maintenance operations have ceased temporarily.

    Snowmobile trails are closed for the season.

Camping, Lodging and Shelters

  • All Michigan state parks campgrounds are closed through at least April 13.

    Sanitation stations (or dump stations) are closed through at least April 13.

    All Michigan state forest campgrounds are closed through at least April 13.

    Dispersed camping on public lands is closed through at least April 13.

    All overnight lodging facilities and shelters are closed through at least May 15.

    Reservations

    We will not be able to honor camping reservations for dates between March 24 and April 13. Reservations for that time frame will automatically be canceled. Those reservation holders will receive full refunds, including the reservation fee paid at the time reservations were made. No cancellation/modification fees will be charged.

    Reservation holders will receive email notifications once cancellations are processed. Refunds will be applied to the original payment method.

    For questions about reservation cancellations, call 800-447-2757.

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Boating/Harbors

  • Boating falls within the outdoor activities permitted under the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order. Any outdoor activity, including boating, must be done in a manner consistent with social distancing, and individuals should use only their own equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus through the touching of shared surfaces. In addition, persons not part of a single household may not boat together.

    State harbors are closed through at least May 15. There are no services available, including bathroom buildings, electrical, fuel, pumpouts, etc. and no slip reservations can be made.

    Boat launches and parking lots at boating access sites remain open; vault toilets are closed.

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