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State parks, trails and waterways

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State parks, trails and waterways

The DNR Parks and Recreation Division currently manages 103 state parks and recreation areas, totaling more than 300,000 acres across Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. It also oversees the state’s boating program, the state motorized and nonmotorized trails system and 140 state forest campgrounds.

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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.

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

Input sought for Parks and Recreation Division Strategic Plan

The DNR Parks and Recreation Division’s 2017-2022 strategic plan guides the division, over a five-year period, in carrying out its mission to acquire, protect and preserve the natural and cultural features of Michigan’s unique resources, and to provide access to land- and water-based recreation and educational opportunities.

DRAFT 2023-2027 draft strategic plan »

Public comment is now closed. The DNR is currently reviewing the comments received before recommending the final plan for approval by the end of February.

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Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Michigan’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is a five year strategic plan that shapes investment by the State of Michigan and local communities in priority outdoor recreation infrastructure and programming. View the 2018-2022 SCORP plan.

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New SCORP for 2023-2027

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