Labor Day Weekend has Michigan’s Great Outdoors Written All Over it

Michigan state parks and recreation areas are home to a diverse range of modern, semi-modern and rustic camping sites as well as camper cabins, year-round occupancy yurts, cottages and lodges in select parks.
Michigan state parks and recreation areas are home to a diverse range of modern, semi-modern and rustic camping sites as well as camper cabins, year-round occupancy yurts, cottages and lodges in select parks.
Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan-(Ammoland.com)- In Michigan, you’re never more than a half-hour away from a state park, state forest rustic campground, state trail or waterway. Those looking to explore Michigan's great outdoors have plenty of opportunities during Labor Day weekend – and throughout the entire year.

Although many people have booked their favorite camping spots, there are still plenty of camp reservations available at Michigan state parks and recreation areas, which are home to a diverse range of modern, semi-modern and rustic camping sites. In addition, many state parks now offer camper cabins, year-round occupancy yurts, cottages and lodges. Visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757) to make a reservation today.

For outdoor enthusiasts seeking a more rustic outdoor experience, there are 138 state forest rustic campgrounds located throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula. The majority of these campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Fees and registration procedures are posted at the information kiosk at each campground. Visit www.michigan.gov/stateforestcampgrounds to explore a variety of camping options across the state.

If you are looking to stay closer to home, there are plenty of day-trip ideas. Grab the kids and head to one of Michigan's 103 state parks and recreation areas for an engaging nature experience, including Waterloo Recreation Area, Hartwick Pines State Park or Palms Book State Park. Explore hundreds of miles of state trails, which are perfect for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding, or participate in one of the many family-friendly events taking place in just about every state park.

“The word is out about Michigan state parks, trails and waterways,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “However you’d like to spend your holiday weekend, there’s likely a Michigan state park, trail or lake that suits your interests. And for $11 a year per vehicle, it's a deal that can't be beat.”

Lake Ann State Forest Campground is one of Michigan's 138 state forest rustic campgrounds. The majority of these campsites are first-come, first-served.
Lake Ann State Forest Campground is one of Michigan's 138 state forest rustic campgrounds. The majority of these campsites are first-come, first-served.

The $11 Recreation Passport gains vehicles access to all 103 state parks, 138 state forest rustic campgrounds, hundreds of miles of trails, family-friendly events and fee-based boat launches. The passport can be purchased by checking “yes” when renewing your license plate with the Michigan Secretary of State, at staffed state parks and online. Visit www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport for more information.

Michigan state park campground availability

A complete list of state park campgrounds with available reservations can be found online by visiting www.midnrreservations.com. Below is a sampling of some of the parks that have availability Sept. 2-4, including:

  • Aloha State Park (Northern Lower Peninsula)
  • Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground (Northern Lower Peninsula)
  • Brighton Recreation Area (Southeastern Lower Peninsula)campground
  • Indian Lake State Park (Upper Peninsula)
  • Interlochen State Park (Northern Lower Peninsula)
  • Ionia State Recreation Area (Southwestern Lower Peninsula)
  • Lake Gogebic State Park (Upper Peninsula)
  • Pontiac Lake Recreation Area (Southeastern Lower Peninsula)
  • Van Riper State Park (Upper Peninsula)
  • Warren Dunes State Park (Southwestern Lower Peninsula)
  • Waterloo Recreation Area (Southeastern Lower Peninsula)
  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Southwestern Lower Peninsula)

Inside Michigan’s Great Outdoors subscribers are always the first to know about reservation opportunities, state park events and other outdoor happenings. Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr to subscribe now.

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