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State parks, trails & waterways

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State parks, trails & waterways

Did you know that in Michigan you're never more than a half hour away from a state park, state forest campground or state trail?

The DNR manages the state's park and recreation system that includes 103 state parks, more than 13,400 miles of state-designated trails, 1,300-plus boat launches and 82 state harbors (19 state-managed harbors and 63 local state-sponsored harbors of refuge).

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Get the facts about the state parks system, and learn about park management plans and green initiatives.

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Explore what's in our state-designated trails system, as well as the plans to help manage and expand these trails.

bird's eye view of boats in harbor slips


What goes into waterways? Learn about state-sponsored boating facilities, including how they're funded and managed.

Parks and Recreation Division Strategic Plan

State parks are special places. They invite everyone in, while offering scenic, safe spaces for people to enjoy the outdoors, learn about nature and make memories. Taking care of these parks requires a thoughtful approach, and that’s where the DNR Parks and Recreation Division’s strategic plan comes in.

This plan guides the division, over a five-year period, in meeting its mission to acquire, protect and preserve the many natural and cultural features – lakes and streams, historic sites, plant species, sand dunes and more – found in state parks, as well as to provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and education opportunities (things like beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, nature programs).

The strategic plan defines goals, objectives and strategies to strengthen connections between Michigan’s natural world the human environment.

View strategic plan (2017-2022) »

Other guiding resources

The following guiding resources include plans, concepts and established directions that were used in the development of the strategic plan:

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