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Michigan state parks

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Michigan state parks

Input sought for state's parks and recreation strategic plan

As the DNR works to finalize the draft Parks and Recreation Division Strategic Plan for 2023-2027, we're turning to the visitors and residents who love and know the state's parks and recreation system for feedback. The draft plan review and comment opportunity closes Jan. 20.

Find a state park

Recreation Search features information on state parks, trails, campgrounds, accessible recreation, events and more. Use the filters to search for the amenities and activities you are most interested in, such as boat launches, equestrian trails, yurts, swimming beaches, mountain biking and more.

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Federal funds give state parks and trails a huge boost forward

If you love state parks and trails as much as we do, you know there’s a lot of infrastructure work to be done. Thanks to $250 million in federal relief funding from the Building Michigan Together Plan, we're making even more headway! To help you track our progress, we've put together an interactive map identifying proposed project locations, details and status of those projects, plus FAQs and a photo gallery.

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Park entry

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into Michigan state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, and most boating access sites and state trailheads.

Recreation Passport information

Things to do in state parks


Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Find information on current geocaching tours in Michigan state parks, trails other DNR-managed locations.

Geocaching tours at DNR locations
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Happy Little Trees 5K - April 22-28, 2023

No matter how you reach the finish line - walk, run or roll - you pick the pace and the place, anywhere outdoors! You'll earn a Happy Little T-shirt, a commemorative bib number and finisher's medal. The cost is $34 (credit card processing fees may apply) and registration closes March 1. Proceeds support tree planting and forest protection efforts in Michigan state parks.

The event has now been expanded to include Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Just pick the state where you want proceeds to go when registering.

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The original deadline to register was March 1; however, we still have a few spots left. We will keep registration open through March 17 (unless we sell out first).

Rules and regulations

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Pets in parks

Find pet friendly lodging, beaches, pet rules and more

alcohol restrictions

Alcohol restrictions

Learn where alcohol is prohibited at certain times of the year


Don't move firewood

Protect our parks from invasive species and disease

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All park rules

A comprehensive list of rules in state parks and recreation areas

Before you go

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Check closures

Learn about closures or detours at parks, trails or boat launches

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Great Lakes flag warnings

Check conditions at Great Lakes beaches, learn about dangerous currents and more

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Sign up for text alerts

Sign up for text alerts about happenings that could affect your visit, such as closures, weather and more

Support your parks

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Michigan gear that gives back

Show your love of Michigan's great outdoors! Check out these water bottles, tees, gift cards, totes and more. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to the DNR.

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Make a donation

Complete the form to make a monetary donation to your favorite place, project or program. Your gift makes a huge difference!

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Track chairs

Track chairs help visitors explore areas of the park where traditional wheelchairs might not. Support your favorite park by selecting the park and making a donation.

At work for you

Learn how our state parks are managed to best provide outdoor recreation opportunities for you and future generations.

The Michigan State Parks Advisory Committee advises on park-related issues to both is the NRC and DNR.

Managing state parks, trails & waterways »

State parks newsletter signup

Sign up to receive a monthly newsletter and periodic happenings at state parks, trails and other locations.