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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 indoor and/or staffed facilities and have canceled all group events until further notice.
Daily updates regarding DNR-managed facilities and locations will be provided on this webpage. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly, find updated information at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
Read the most recent "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order.
Burn permits are issued based on local fire risk and weather conditions. Learn more about why burning was suspended and why it is now allowed.
In the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, permits are issued through the DNR’s website at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit.
Charter fishing and guide operations
Under provisions detailed in Executive Order 2020-77, charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels may resume activities on May 7, 2020, provided they:
- Prohibit gatherings of any size in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
- Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
- Provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face masks as appropriate for the activity being performed.
- Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible and to ensure frequent and thorough cleaning of tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces.
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:
- Public parking at Holland State Park is reduced by about 40% due to delayed sand relocation work. Please exit Ottawa Beach Road at 168th Street if parking lot is full.
- The main beach parking lot at Grand Haven State Park is closed. Fisherman's Parking Lot is open - when that lot gets to capacity, please seek alternative, legal parking locations and enter on foot.
- Cheboygan River Lock available only for commercial use, M-F at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. by appointment only, no weekend passage. Call 231-420-0686 or 231-445-0212.
- Tippy Dam Recreation Area. Reopened Friday, May 29 at 8 a.m.
- State park headquarters buildings and contact stations
- DNR customer service centers and field offices.
- Outdoor Adventure Center, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and Belle Isle Aquarium.
- Archives of Michigan. Reference services available by phone: 517-335-2576 and by email.
- All state museums.
- DNR visitor centers.
- Porcupine Mountain Ski Area.
- Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center (set to open June 10).
- State fish hatcheries, interpretive centers and weirs.
- Some DNR-staffed shooting ranges. Island Lake and Bald Mountain are now open with revised hours and restrictions.
- Fisheries research stations.
- The observation raft at Palms Book State Park.
- Silver Lake State Park ORV Area (opening postponed until Saturday, June 13).
Parks, Trails, Forests and other Public Lands
State parks and recreation areas, trails, boating access sites, forests and other public land currently remain open for day use to provide residents with local opportunities to get outdoors.
The "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order states that individuals may leave their home or place of residence to engage in outdoor recreational activity inlcuding walking, hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility. We are asking all park and trail users to stay local and not travel far distances for outdoor recreation activities.
Effective immediately, Executive Order 2020-96 permits small gatherings of up to 10 people, as long as everyone practices social distancing. Social distancing is imperative to keeping conditions safe at state-managed parks so they can remain open for use.
On April 2, MDHHS issued an Emergency Order requiring compliance with Executive Orders under penalty of civil fines up to $1,000 and referral to licensing agencies for enforcement. Criminal misdemeanor penalties for violations are within the discretion of local 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.
Bathroom buildings and hand-washing stations are closed through at least June 3 (facilities in campgrounds will remain closed until the campground opens). Trash service also has been halted during this time; please leave the sites as you found them. Bring bags to carry out any trash with you.
No hand washing stations will be provided. Please carry hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes containing at least 60% alcohol.
A requirement that a Recreation Passport is needed for state park and recreation area entry has been suspended until at least two weeks after the stay-at-home order ends.
Information for trails:
State-managed trails, including ORV trails and nonmotorized trails (ie. cross-country trails), remain open. However, grooming and other maintenance operations have ceased temporarily.
Snowmobile trails are closed for the season.
Camping, Lodging and Shelters
All campgrounds within Michigan state parks are closed through at least June 21. (Learn more about why they are closed until this date.)
Sanitation stations (or dump stations) are closed through at least June 21.
All Michigan state forest campgrounds are closed through at least June 9.
Dispersed camping on state forest land is open as of Friday, May 29.
All overnight lodging facilities and shelters are closed through at least June 21.
Campgrounds with extended closures
The following state park campground and state harbor sites are closed for extended times because of needed construction on restroom and shower buildings, electrical system upgrades, campground improvements and emergency repairs (work that has been delayed due to the COVID-19 stay-home order and associated spending restrictions). Currently, these are the earliest possible dates for new reservations:
- Burt Lake State Park modern campground: at least July 17
- Interlochen State Park campground (South B loop): at least Aug. 7
- Indian Lake State Park modern campground: at least July 17
- Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park modern campground: at least July 31
- Lakeport State Park south campground (sites 301-356) and group-use campground: at least Aug. 7
- Sleepy Hollow State Park north campground (sites 1-100): at least Oct. 31
- Port Austin State Harbor: closed to new reservations for 2020 season
- Wilson State Park modern campground: at least July 31
We will not be able to honor camping reservations prior to June 22.
Camping and overnight lodging reservations for dates between May 15 and June 21 can be changed to later in the season or reservations will be canceled for a full refund. Detailed reimbursement options include:
- Request to change reservation dates to later in the season (pending availability within the reservation booking window) and earn a free night for that time period. No reservation fees or cancellation/modification fees will be charged. Reservation holders who want this option must contact the call center at 800-447-2757 by May 15 at 8 p.m.
- Choose a full refund to automatically be applied to original payment method, including the reservation fee. Reservation holders DO NOT need to take any action; all remaining reservations will automatically be canceled after May 15, and an email will be sent when the refund is completed. No cancellation/modification fees will be charged.
In addition, reservation holders whose camping reservations for stays between March 23 and May 15 were canceled due to COVID-19 are eligible for a free night of camping on reservations made later in the season. Those who want to make a reservation or have already booked one for a later date should call 800-447-2757 by May 15 at 8 p.m. and have their canceled booking number handy.
Please note: Reservations extending beyond June 21 will be changed to a June 22 arrival date and canceled nights will automatically be refunded to the original payment method.
Shelter reservations between May 15 and June 21 will automatically be canceled. Reservation holders for those dates will receive full refunds to the original payment method, including the reservation fee paid at the time reservations were made. No cancellation/modification fees will be charged.
Questions can be directed to the reservation call center at 800-447-2757.
Boating, including motorized boating, falls within the outdoor activities permitted under the governor’s updated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order.
Any outdoor recreational activity, including boating, must be done in a manner consistent with social distancing. Individuals are strongly encouraged to use only their own equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus through the touching of shared surfaces, and to follow all other mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.
State harbors are closed through at least June 9. There are no services available, including bathroom buildings, electrical, fuel, pumpouts, etc. and no slip reservations can be made.
DNR-managed boating access sites that already were open for the season and remained open during the stay-at-home order will remain open. The addition of various amenities, such as the placement of courtesy piers and the reopening of bathrooms at boating access sites, will begin as staff time and maintenance schedules allow.
Reservations for dates between May 15 and June 9 will automatically be canceled after May 15 for a full refund to the original payment method, unless a customer calls the call center at 800-447-2757 by May 15 at 8 p.m. to request a reservation be changed to a later date. See above in camping section for details on cancellations.
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.
Public meetings and public input sessions
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.