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MICHIGAN
STATE PARKS
  Algonac State Park
  Aloha State Park
  Bald Mountain
  Baraga State Park
  Bay City
  Bewabic State Park
  Brighton Recreation Area
  Brimley State Park
  Burt Lake State Park
  Cambridge State Park
  Cheboygan State Park
  Clear Lake State Park
  Coldwater State Park
  Craig Lake State Park
  Dodge #4 State Park
  Duck Lake State Park
  Father Marquette
  Fayette State Historic Park
  Fisherman's Island
  Fort Custer
  Fort Wilkins
  Grand Haven State Park
  Grand Mere State Park
  Harrisville State Park
  Hart-Montague Trail
  Hartwick Pines State Park
  W. J.Hayes State Park
  N. Higgins Lake
  S. Higgins Lake
  Highland Recreation Area
  P. H. Hoeft State Park
  P. J. Hoffmaster
  Holland State Park
  Holly Recreation Area
  Indian Lake State Park
  Interlochen State Park
  Ionia Recreation Area
  Island Lake Recreation
  Kal-Haven Trail

 

Michigan State Parks

The State of Michigan is one of the most scenic in the US.  The Michigan State Park system incorporates the scenic beauty into its park system.  The 100 Michigan State Parks show the splendid naturals wonders such as the white pines at Hartwick Pines and the large sand dunes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.  Many State Parks in Michigan lie along the country's largest freshwater shoreline which extends 3,200 miles along 4 of the 5 Great Lakes.  Michigan sand dunes are natural wonders and they are very special and impressive to all visitors.  P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon and Warren Dunes State Park have some of the most splendid and impressive dunes.  Watching the sunset on the dunes over Lake Michigan is a very calming and tranquil passion for many. 

Camping at the many State Parks in Michigan is as popular as ever.  There are over 14,000 campsites in the State Parks in Michigan.  The State ranks first in the US for total number of sites and overnight attendance.  The great thing about Michigan Camping is the diversity and close proximity of the State Parks. Nowhere in Michigan are you more than a hours drive from a State Park.   The State of Michigan campgrounds are spacious and most all are equipped with electricity and water hookups.

Michigan's first State Park was created in 1895 when Mackinaw Island State park was created.  In 1917, Governor Albert E. Sleeper created the Michigan State Park Commission.

Many people initially donated numerous parcels of land and 22 units were added in 2 years.  In 1921, the commission was organized into the Department of  Conservation. This department was later reorganized into the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
 


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 Many people initially donated numerous parcels of land and 22 units were added in 2 years.  In 1921, the commission was organized into the Department of  Conservation. This department was later reorganized into the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  The first Superintendent was P.J. Hoffmaster.  There are State Parks named for P.J. Hoffmaster and Albert E. Sleeper.  Today the DNR Parks Division administers the park system and the millions of visitors each year.

Over 25 million campers a year visit the park system with the majority of use during the June-August timeframe.  Some parks such as Portage Lake and Mitchell State Park are open all year.  Michigan Camping in the fall is gaining popularity and is a very good time to camp.  The colors of the maples and oak trees are a sight to behold and absolutely awesome.  A annual permit for $20 or a daily permit for $3 is required for entry.  Reservations for State Parks are suggested and can be made at 1-800-44-PARKS.  They also can be made online this year using the online reservation system at the Michigan DNR site. If the State Parks are full, many go to private campgrounds and are a popular choice.  Many have golf, fishing, swimming available.  The Michigan Campgrounds Directory give you the insight to making a good decision on where to camp.   It's no surprise so many people "Say Yes to Michigan State Parks."

 


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