Michigan is starting to see the first signs of spring, and camping season is not far behind! The online reservation system for Michigan state parks and harbors is now accepting reservations through mid-September 2014. Campsites and harbor slips both fill up quickly as the weather gets warmer, so state recreation officials recommend making spring and summer plans now to avoid the last-minute rush.
Reservations can be made online at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757).
“We want our guests to have the best possible experience with Michigan’s award-winning state parks, starting from the moment they make their reservation until they leave our parks with cherished memories,” said Ron Olson, chief of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Recreation Division.
The DNR upgraded to a new, improved campground reservation system on Nov. 1, 2013. The system features site-specific reservations all season long, broader search capabilities and photos of each campsite. Reservations are available within a six-month window, so residents are encouraged to explore the new system and make reservations well in advance.
"Because reservations can be made up to six months out, the window for July and August campsites has been open for several weeks now," Olson added. "We are seeing many sites being reserved, but there is still some availability at many of our guests' favorite campgrounds."
The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($31.10 annual; $8.55 daily) at any state park or recreation area or (annual passes only) through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.