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Track chairs

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Track chairs

An effort to make outdoor recreation in Michigan more accessible for everyone continues to gain steam - we recently reached our funding goal of nearly a half-million dollars to purchase additional track chairs for a growing number of state parks and trails!

Track chairs are off-road, electronic chairs that can easily handle trails, snow, sand and even up to 8 inches of water, allowing users to explore areas of the parks that traditional wheelchairs might not reach..

We hope to keep adding to our fleet of track chairs! Anyone wishing to contribute can still make a donation.

Bald Mountain Recreation Area

About the chair

The park’s track chair provides access to our park’s beach, numerous picnic sites and the Rathburg Trail. The chair is at our headquarters located at 1330 E. Greenshield Road in Lake Orion. You may leave you vehicle parked at park headquarters. 

Learn more about Bald Mountain Recreation Area.

How to reserve

Available on a first-come, first-served basis 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Use is limited to 2 hours due to battery life. To reserve (at least 24 hour notice is preferred), please call the park at 248-693-6767.

Bay City State Park

About the chair

The track chair was donated by Kali's Cure. It can be used throughout the park, including trails and the beach.

It's located at the visitor center in the day-use area.

How to reserve

Call the park at 989-684-3020 for reservations.  Due to battery life, the chair can only be reserved in two-hour blocks.

Learn more about Bay City State Park

Grand Haven State Park

About the chairs

Three chairs provide accessibility to the beach, including two Action TrackChairs (donated by the Goodale and Family Foundation, Friends of Grand Haven State Park and Grand Haven Area Community Foundation) and a Freedom Trax chair (donated by Lori's Voice).

How to reserve

Online reservations are available May 1-Oct. 31. If you have any questions, contact DNR-PRD-GrandHavenSP@Michigan.gov.

Learn more about Grand Haven State Park

Holland State Park

About the chairs

The park's two track chairs help provide access to the park's beach areas. Donated by Family Hope Foundation

How to reserve

Track chairs are available to borrow Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by reservation. To make a reservation, call the park at least 24 hours in advance at 616-399-9390 and ask to speak with Sean or Dana.

Learn more about Holland State Park

Ionia Recreation Area

About the chair

The park's track chair help provide access to the park's campgrounds, cabin areas, portions of the hiking trail and day-use area.

A student at Pewamo-Westphalia schools helped raise $14,500 for the track chair. After his experience with a track chair at Muskegon State Park, he was inspired to raise funds and bring one to a location closer to home. He started off by selling pickles and popcorn, raising nearly $1,000. Soon enough, excitement about the fundraiser hit the community and donations started rolling in – including $10,000 from an anonymous donor. Thank you Ben!

How to reserve

The park's track chair is available to borrow April 1 – Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by reservation. During the summer, additional hours are available by request. To make a reservation, contact the park headquarters at 616-527-3750. A brief training will be provided prior to use.

Additional gear, such as a fishing rod, firearm holders, head light and attendant control, are available upon request.

Learn more about Ionia Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area

About the chairs

The park's track chair was donated by Friends of Island Lake Recreation Area. Track chairs are allowed throughout the park with the exception of the Blue and Yellow multi-use trails. It can be transported by park staff to a parking lot location of your choice. Fishing rod and firearm holders, head light, and attendant control are welcome. 

How to reserve

The track chair is available first-come, first-reserved year-round 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a reservation, contact 810-229-7067 (Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Use is limited to 3 hours. Additional hours by request during hunting season.

Learn more about Island Lake Recreation Area

Ludington State Park

About the chair

Two track chairs have been donated by the Friends of Ludington State Park.  The chairs may be used along the beach between the Big Sable River and Big Sable Point and Hamlin Lake, as well as on the park’s trails along the Big Sable River.

How to reserve

The chairs are available to borrow by making a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call the park at 231-843-2423, ext. 0 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Chair users are asked to meet park staff behind the park headquarters, accessed via the Pines Campground entrance road, for a brief orientation.

Learn more about Ludington State Park

Maybury State Park

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The park's track chair helps provide access to the park's 26 miles of trail experiences, meadows and forested areas.

It's located at the park headquarters maintenance shop, located off the Eight Mile Road park entrance. Your vehicle may be parked at the shop area.

Friends of Maybury volunteers are available for guided hikes. Volunteers are knowledgeable about natural features and history at the park. Each hike takes 1 to 1.5 hours and utilizes both paved and unpaved trails. Hikes are available spring through late fall based on volunteer hike leader availability.

How to reserve

Call the park office at 248-349-8390 (Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Learn more about Maybury State Park

Muskegon State Park

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair helps provide accessibility to the park's beaches and trails.

The chair may be used through most of the park. When making a reservation you will be asked the area you would like to use the chair so staff can deliver it to the general area of use.

How to reserve

Available first-come, first-reserved year-round Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31). To make a reservation, call the park at 231-744-3480.

Learn more about Muskegon State Park

North Higgins Lake State Park / RAM Center

Coming soon!

Funding was provided by individual donors and campers and boaters who gave an additional $2 when making reservations through The $2 Difference program.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair help provide access to the park's trails, wildlife and scenery.

The park's track chair is located at the Upper Falls' Fact Shack

How to reserve

Available first-come, first-reserved year-round (reservations must be made 24 hours or more in advance). When the track chair is not reserved in advance, it will be available to borrow first-come, first-served at the Upper Falls Fact Shack from noon to 5 p.m. (June 1-Sept. 5). To make advance reservations, email DNR-TFalls@Michigan.gov, call 906-492-3415 or send a private message at Facebook.com/TQFalls.

Learn more about Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Warren Dunes State Park

About the chair

Funding was provided by individual donors and campers and boaters who gave an additional $2 when making reservations through The $2 Difference program.

The park's track chair helps provides accessibility to the Lake Michigan beach and shoreline and base of the dunes. 

How to reserve

The chair is available to borrow up to two hours on a first-come, first-served basis. It's located at the second beach building. To check availability or make a reservation, call 269-426-4013.

Learn more about Warren Dunes State Park

Waterloo Recreation Area

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair help provide access to the park's nature trails, wildlife and scenery.

It's located at the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road, for use on nearby trails.

How to reserve

Please call the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center at 734-475-3170 to make a reservation, in hour increments, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Learn more about Waterloo Recreation Area

Wilderness State Park

About the chair

Funding was provided by individual donors and campers and boaters who gave an additional $2 when making reservations through The $2 Difference program.

How to reserve

Please call the park at 231-436-5381 to make a reservation. There's one reservation available each day, so there's ample time for clean, maintain and recharge between reservations. Reservation hours are 1) Memorial Day through Labor Day 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 2) Labor Day through Memorial Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more about Wilderness Recreation Area

Coming soon!

Brighton Recreation Area
Fayette Historic State Park
Fort Custer Recreation Area
Harrisville State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park
Lake Hudson Recreation Area
Leelanau State Park
Petoskey State Park
Silver Lake State Park
South Higgins Lake State Park
Wilson State Park