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Camper storage and intermittent camping

Camper storage program

Want to make your camping trip a little easier and save fuel? The DNR's camper storage program is a great option that allows people – at no extra cost – to temporarily store campers, RVs and pop-ups (or other camping units) in participating locations between state park reservations.

  • Storage spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Spaces are limited, so be sure to contact the park to determine availability.
  • Campers must show proof (camp permit receipt or reservation confirmation number) that they stayed at a Michigan state park campground within seven days.
  • The maximum allowable storage period is 15 days. Camp units left more than 15 days will be assessed a storage fee.
  • Camper will be required to sign the camper/equipment storage regulations form (available at the campground).

The storage area is typically unfenced and generally unsupervised by park staff. Camping units must be secured by locking all entry doors and the hitch must be disabled by a locking mechanism. Camper assumes liability for any damages to state property or other stored units caused during the placement or removal of the camping unit.

campers parked in field with camper storage signage

Upper Peninsula locations

  • Baraga State Park
  • Bewabic State Park
  • Brimley State Park
  • Fayette Historic State Park
  • Fort Wilkins State Park
  • Indian Lake State Park
  • Lake Gogebic State Park
  • Muskallonge Lake State Park
  • Porcupine Mountains
  • Tahquamenon Falls State Park
  • Twin Lakes State Park
  • Van Riper State Park
  • Wells State Park

Lower Peninsula locations

  • Aloha State Park
  • Burt Lake State Park (anticipated to be available in 2023)
  • Cheboygan State Park
  • Clear Lake State Park
  • Hartwick Pine State Park
  • Hoeft State Park
  • Ionia State Recreation Area
  • Mitchell State Park
  • North Higgins State Park
  • Onaway State Park
  • Rifle River State Park
  • Silver Lake Recreation Area
  • Sleeper State Park
  • Tippy Dam Recreation Area
  • Wilderness State Park
  • Wilson State Park
  • Young State Park

Intermittent camping program

This program allows campers to leave their unoccupied camping units (trailers, motor homes or boat on a trailer) on a campsite between fully registered stays. The program is available between September 15 and May 15 at participating Michigan state parks.

  • This program is only available a participating parks and reservations are not accepted. Please call the individual park for availability
  • There is no fee for the unoccupied nights (as long as all the general conditions are met and other related camping fees are paid). All other camping fees must be paid in advance.
  • Permission will only be granted for intervals when the park is not full or expected at capacity. Sites considered to be "high demand" (i.e. waterfront) are not available.
  • Maximum intermittent stay is five nights. Intermittent stay must be 1) preceded and 2) followed by at least two nights at the full camping rate.
  • The camping unit must be unplugged during the storage period or the camper will be charged full camping rates.
  • Camper will be required to sign the camper/equipment storage regulations form (available at the campground)