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Generally speaking, pets are welcome in Michigan state parks and campgrounds, state forest campgrounds, state-managed harbors, state-designated trails and boat launches (except for some sites during certain times of the year). Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed in designated swim areas, areas protected for endangered species, such as piping plover, and any other area marked otherwise.
The following rules apply to pets at ALL locations:
- Pets must always be on a 6-foot leash and under an owner's immediate control.
- Always clean up after your pet. Please carry a waste bag with you at all times.
- Dogs should not be left in campers or tied up unattended to prevent barking from negatively affecting the park experience of other visitors.
- Keep pets from interacting with wildlife.
- Keep pets from disturbing visitors.
- Pets are not allowed in state buildings (ie. offices, bathrooms, showers, cabins and lodges) with the exception of the pet-friendly alternative lodging options listed below.
Pet-friendly lodging Pet-friendly lodging is available at several locations. There is an additional fee of $10 per night/pet/cabin or $15 per night/pet/lodge. Up to two pets (cats and dogs only) are allowed. Overnight lodging options can be booked up to 12 months in advance at MiDNRReservations.com.
- Cheboygan State Park (Poe Reef cabin)
- Craig Lake State Park (Teddy Lake Yurt and small cabin)
- Harrisville State Park (mini cabin #186)
- Lime Island State Park (mini cabin #4)
- Little Presque Isle Cabins (cabins #4 and #5)
- Leelanau State Park (Hemlock and Cedar mini cabins)
- Port Crescent State Park (mini cabin A)
- Sleepy Hollow State Park (modern cabin and rustic cabin)
- Van Riper State Park (Rustic Peshekee Cabin and Mini Cabin #2)
Pet-friendly shoreline - Pets are allowed along the shoreline with the exception of designated bathing/swimming areas within state parks and areas signed otherwise (ie. piping plover nesting habitat). Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash even if they are in the water. The following are some highlighted locations:
- Algonac State Park entire length of the St. Clair River.
- Baraga State Park - entire length of the Lake Superior shoreline (.25 miles).
- Bewabic State Park - entire length Fortune Lake shoreline other than the designated swim beach.
- Brighton Recreation Area
- Brimley State Park - along the Lake Superior shoreline outside of the designated swimming area.
- Burt Lake State Park - a designated animal beach is located on the south end of the park.
- Craig Lake State Park - along any of the park’s shoreline.
- Dodge #4 State Park;- section of shoreline located to the west of the rock jetty.
- Duck Lake State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigan shoreline (.5 miles) and Duck Lake.
- Grand Mere State Park - along the Lake Michigan shoreline (.5 mile).
- Harrisville State Park - section of shoreline located on the north end of the camper's beach; accessible via foot trail near site #103)
- Hoffmaster State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigan shoreline apart from the designated swim area.
- Holland State Park - Lake Macatawa day-use area directly across from the Lake Mac Campground.
- Holly Recreation Area - section of shoreline south of the designated swim beach on Heron Lake.
- Leelanau State Park - shoreline in northern park unit.
- Ludington State Park - along Lake Michigan, located between the beach house and the Big Sable River (majority of Lake Michigan shoreline closed to protect endangered piping plover habitat)
- McLain State Park - portion of Lake Superior shoreline.
- Mears State Park - southernmost section of shoreline.
- Menominee River State Recreation Area - Pets are allowed along the entire length of the Menominee River.
- Muskegon State Park - along the Lake Michigan shoreline outside of the designated swimming area (with the exception of marked piping plover nest habitat).
- Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - entire length of Lake Superior park shoreline.
- Port Crescent State Park - entire length of the Lake Huron shoreline (3 miles) with the exception of the designated swim beach in the modern campground.
- Rifle River Recreation Area - along the park's lakes, river and stream, with the exception of the designated swim area.
- Saugatuck Dunes State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
- Silver Lake State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigan shoreline (3 miles) and the park's inland lake, Silver Lake, in all areas other than the designated swim beach.
- Sleeper State Park - entire length of the Lake Huron shoreline except for the designated swim beach
- Sleepy Hollow State Park - section of shoreline located 100 yards north of the Lake Ovid swimming beach.
- South Higgins Lake State Park - two pet-friendly beach areas, one along a section of shoreline in the day-use area (along the east park boundary) and a campers-only area (along the west boundary of the campground).
- Straits State Park - Lake Huron shoreline.
- Tawas Point State Park - section of shoreline available on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse - enclosed by fencing.
- Twin Lakes State Park
- Van Buren State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigan shoreline except for the designated swim area.
- Van Riper State Park - entire length of the Lake Michigamme and the Peshekee River with the exception of the designated swim beach.
- Wilderness State Park - majority of the park's shoreline closed to pets to protect endangered piping plover habitat; however, there is a pet-friendly beach located down a small path in the picnic area (just east of the headquarters building).
- Warren Dunes State Park - north of the northernmost swim buoy at the designated swim beach (2.5 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline).
- Young State Park - section of shoreline available east of the boat launch.