State Parks

  • Michigan's Recreation Passport

    Michigan's Recreation Passport

    The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way to enjoy state parks, recreation areas, state forest and more. Plus you'll get discounts statewide with Passport Perks. Not a Michigan resident? Get your Recreation Passports at any Michigan state parks or recreation area.


    Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes, more than 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. In Michigan, you're never more than six miles from water and great fishing, boating, canoeing or kayaking. Michigan's two peninsulas provide eight million acres of public hunting land, including 4.5 million acres managed by DNR. Michigan has more than 100 state parks and recreation areas along with over 140 state forest campgrounds making you less than an hour's drive from a state park or forest. Your Recreation Passport gives you access to all the State parks, forest and educational programs throughout the state for one low price of $11-- get yours and head outdoors.

  • Michigan's $11 Recreation Passport
    The $11 Recreation Passport is about more than entry into state parks and campgrounds; more than access to boat launches and trails. When you check “YES!” for the Recreation Passport, you’re also protecting Michigan’s natural resources for future generations. Get your Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate with the Secretary of State. Not a Michigan resident? Get your Recreation Passport at any Michigan state parks or recreation area or order online (non-residents) at and then click on ‘State Park Recreation Passport.’
    Recreation 101 & Fresh Air Fit Events
    With your $11 Recreation Passport, you can learn something new from an expert instructor in Michigan’s outdoors and stay fit. Try your hand (and feet!) at canoeing, hiking, camping, birding, geocaching, Pilates, yoga and more! Visit and to learn more.
    Camping 101 Ensures Gear, Guide and Good Times!
    For anyone who hasn’t camped in a state park before and wants to give it a try, the DNR is partnering with The North Face to offer Camping 101 for only $20—a two-night camping trip with all the gear, guides and good times included. Visit,1607,7-153-10365-234646--,00.html for more info.
    Camping & Recreation
    With over 100 state parks and recreation areas and more than 140 state forests campgrounds, your camping experiences are endless. Whether its rustic camping along pristine rivers, backpacking through the Porcupine Mountains or settling into your RV. Many parks offer cabins, yurts, teepees, tents and pop-up campers for rent. Make your camp reservation on-line. 
    Whether you’re an avid angler or an angler want-to-be, Michigan’s rivers, streams and inland and Great Lakes are filled with your biggest catch…or maybe your very first. So breath in the fresh air as you cast your line, listen to it reel through the air, and prepare for an experience that’s Pure Michigan.  

    Sail, cruise or drift along on Michigan’s purest natural treasures, the rivers and lakes that traverse through and surround the state. No matter where you are along the mystic Great Lakes shoreline, you’re never more than 16 miles from a harbor and your next Pure Michigan discovery. 
    Trails and Pathways
     Michigan’s state trail and pathway system connects you to nature and adventure. Put on your backpack, complete with tent, and go on a week-long hiking experience or spend an hour with the kids walking a trail loop at your local state park.  Biking, hiking, horseback riding or cross-country skiing--it’s all waiting for you.
    Biking and Mountain Biking
    Experience paved pathways on your family bicycle outing or the thrill of mountain biking on rugged terrain. Michigan offers both and everything in between. So gear up and go!
    Michigan's two peninsulas provide eight million acres of public hunting land, including 4.5 million acres managed by DNR. During specific seasons you can hunt for deer, bear, turkey, small game includes rabbit, pheasant, grouse, waterfowl and more. Michigan's rich outdoor heritage and conservation to our state's unmatched natural resources help ensure that our hunting tradition continues to thrive.