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Petoskey State Park management plan online survey available through March 22

To help create a roadmap for future planning at Petoskey State Park in Emmet County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a new general management plan for the park.

Visitors, community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences are encouraged to participate in an online survey, available through March 22. Links to both the online survey and the project website are available at

The DNR uses these plans to define long-range planning and management strategies that protect the resources of state parks, while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities.

“We're actively seeking public input so that we can build a sustainable plan that will serve the park and add value to the visitor experience for the next 10 years," said Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "The information we learn during this first step in the process will help with decisions moving forward."

The DNR will also host a public meeting in the fall of 2024, providing opportunities for people to review and provide comment on the new draft plan for the park.

Petoskey State Park, situated on Little Traverse Bay, is home to a mile of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan, towering dunes and scenic views. Located just 3 miles northeast of Petoskey and 6 miles south of Harbor Springs near the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the park offers two modern campgrounds, mini-cabins, a group-use campground for organized youth groups, a designated swimming beach, a picnic area, trails and more. The park's 2.5 miles of trails include a popular stairway to the top of Old Baldy Dune, and the park provides easy access to North Country National Scenic Trail, North Western State Trail and Little Traverse Wheelway.

Additional information on the DNR’s general management planning process is available at

For more about the public survey or proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen at or 517-230-6837.

Accompanying photos at Petoskey State Park are available below for download.