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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.
Permits for open burning are suspended across the state. Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires, and that means staff can deal with other, more critical needs.
Open burning in some parts of the state may still be allowed in areas where the ground is still snow-covered. In the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, permits are issued through Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. Residents are encouraged to frequently check the website to see when restrictions are lifted.
Charter fishing and guide operations
Charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels are not currently permitted.
These activities should cease immediately and not resume until at least April 13.
In addition to the DNR Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police and local law enforcement agencies have full authority to enforce the provisions of this order.
The following facilities/locations are closed to the public until further notice:
- Tippy Dam Recreation Area.
- The two primary parking lots (Cassidy and M-52) at DTE Energy Foundation Trail are closed. The trail remains open for local use and those parking in other legal parking spaces. No parking along M-52.
- DNR customer service centers and DNR field offices.
- Outdoor Adventure Center, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Belle Isle Aquarium.
- Archives of Michigan. (Staff will continue to provide reference services by phone: 517-335-2576 and by email: Archives@Michigan.gov)
- All state museums.
- DNR visitor centers.
- Porcupine Mountain Ski Area.
- Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center.
- State fish hatcheries, interpretive centers and weirs.
- DNR-staffed shooting ranges.
- Fisheries research stations.
- The observation raft at Palms Book State Park.
- The opening of the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area is delayed until May 1.
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.
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.
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.
Event and meeting cancellations
Events and programs
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling all group events and programs until further notice.
Please check the DNR Calendar to view canceled events through April. Additional cancellations may be added.
Public meetings and public input sessions
The live broadcast of “Ask the DNR” at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9 on WNMU-TV13 has been canceled. The next broadcast will be May 21, same time, same station.
The following public meetings have been canceled:
- Northern Inland Lakes Citizens’ Advisory Committee, April 17, Tuscarora Township Hall, Indian River.
- Lake Michigan Citizens’ Fishery Advisory Committee, April 23, Jay’s Sporting Goods, Clare.
Frequently check the DNR boards, commissions, committees and councils webpages for updates on further meeting cancellations and postponements, as well as new meeting dates as they are confirmed.
The DNR Fisheries Division Coffee and Conversations events – which invite the public to discuss local and statewide fisheries management activities with DNR staff – have been canceled, with the exception of the northern and southern Lake Michigan management unit virtual meeting, scheduled for May 7. Some of these canceled events may be rescheduled as virtual meetings. Watch that webpage for updates.