Increase in Camping, lodging fees at Michigan State Parks

Michigan State Park Fees have gone up this year by $2 to as much as $8 per night depending on the campground type and day. While some parks have an increase of about $10 per night for cabin rentals. This is the first increase in fees in the last 4 years. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that the 30% increase in park attendance has caused an increase in maintenance and daily operating costs of the state parks. The DNR says camping and lodging fees account for 51% of the money used to operate state parks and this increase [...]

2021-11-18T15:50:10+00:00November 18th, 2021|Michigan State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Muskegon State Park’s Scenic Drive To Close Nov. 1 Through April 1

Muskegon State Park's Scenic Drive will be closed from November 1, 2021, to April 1, 2022. This is for crews to safely assemble the water main prior to installation under the Muskegon Channel and state park. To accommodate a water main project in Muskegon State Park, Scenic Drive south of the Memorial Drive intersection will be closed November through March. The work is part of Muskegon County's $13.5 million Channel Crossing Project that will provide a second water source to customers in the northern part of Muskegon County in the case of major break in the current water source. Ultimately, the [...]

Ludington State Park announces fall, winter events

Ludington State Park announced the free Fall events from October to December 2021., as well as the winter events scheduled for every Saturday in the months of January and February.On Nov. 6, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Dec. 11 there will be autumn tree walks from 10 am to 12nn. Guided snowshoe walks are also slated at 1 pm on Jan. 8-Feb. 19, and Saturdays between Jan 15 - Feb 12, 2022. There would be around 60 pairs of snowshoes that can be borrowed for free. Please note that the snowshoes only fit ages 8 yrs old and older. It [...]

Beaver goes for a stroll along Detroit’s RiverWalk

A beaver was seen at the Detroit RiverWalk roaming the area. The said beaver is part of a family of beavers living at the William G. Milliken State Park. It wasn't the first time that a beaver was spotted in the Cullen Plaza. The Detroit RiverWalk is a popular destination for families, friends, and couples to go strolling and have a relaxing walk. The beaver wasn't reported to the DNR or animal control as it seems to be just passing by and minding its own business. Others noted that it seems to be heading home to its family in the [...]

Michigan State Parks Camping Season ends on Oct. 31

Only a few weeks left in this year's camping season! October 31 marks the last day of camping in all Michigan State Parks, so grab your chance to experience camping and enjoy nature before cold winter season sets in. Baraga State Park and McLain State Park remains busy and have high numbers of campers. As the number of campers rise, so does the number of emergency and rescue calls. Use caution and be prepared when you're going to enjoy the outdoors. Wear proper footwear and clothing and make sure you have food, water, and everything that you might need. Make [...]

Michigan state parks is looking for food trucks, bike rentals, boat rentals and camp stores!

The Michigan DNR announced nearly two dozen concessionaire opportunities at Michigan State Parks. They are currently looking for companies and entrepreneurs to provide boat rentals, bike rentals, camp stores, and food trucks. Aside from these, DNR is also open to new concession ideas for the state parks. A new map tool is available at the DNR’s concessions bidding information website for potential partners to see the locations of concessions already operating in a particular state park, and to find where they want to fit their business within the state park. Some opportunities include: Belle Isle Park: Bicycle rental, watercraft rental, [...]

2021-10-10T14:51:48+00:00October 10th, 2021|Michigan State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Michigan state park fall events include Haunted lighthouse & Halloween trail

Here are some of Michigan state parks' events for October that do not require visitors to be registered campers. However, please note that the Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles to gain entry to any of the Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Haunted Lighthouse Weekend at Tawas Point State Park (East Tawas), Oct. 8-9, 2021: This year’s Haunted Lighthouse Weekend includes: Hayrides Numerous games for kids Mini golf Cornhusk doll-making Skee ball Plinko Pumpkin painting shopping at the historic lighthouse’s museum store Mother Nature’s Halloween Trail at Bay City State Park (Bay City), Oct. 9, 2021: Dress up [...]

2021-10-07T22:50:53+00:00October 7th, 2021|Halloween, Michigan State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Hurry and enjoy the Camping Season! Camping ends Oct. 31 in Michigan state parks

Only a few weeks left before the 2021 camping season comes to a close! Visitors only have until October 31, 2021, to enjoy camping season in the Michigan state parks. Baraga State Park Account Assistant Kelly Somero says camping attendance this year is higher than last year including McLain State Park, which remains busy until this moment. Michigan state park visitors are advised to wear proper footwear, and to make sure that there is enough provision of food and water, and also to be prepared for the cold and change in weather. Make sure to check reservations online to ensure [...]

2021-10-06T17:23:09+00:00October 6th, 2021|Michigan State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments

Reward Offered for Allegan State Game Area Arson Suspect

Billsby Lumber Company is offering a $5,000 reward for information that can lead to the suspects of what is believed to be deliberate arson of their timber logs worth $35,000, last Sunday. A helicopter crew discovered a large fire while flying over the Allegan State Game area south of 116th Avenue, in Valley Township, southwest Michigan last Sunday around 5 am. The crew said that a stack of what seemed to be large logs are in a blaze. The stack turned out to be a couple of decks of cut timber that are around 30 feet tall by 150 feet [...]

Michigan DNR buys energy for seven state parks

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has signed an agreement to buy energy for seven state parks and offices in southwestern Michigan. The deal with South Lyon-based Utopian Power will supply nearly 1 megawatt of clean energy to the parks and offices, the DNR said.   See more...

2021-09-27T14:38:09+00:00September 27th, 2021|Michigan State Parks, State Parks News|0 Comments
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