DNR: Michigan state park campgrounds now will open in June

LANSING, MICH. — In response to the continuing coronavirus crisis and Michigan’s updated stay-home executive order, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced new expected opening dates for its campgrounds and harbors.

State park campgrounds, overnight lodging and shelters are now set to open June 22. State forest campgrounds and DNR-operated harbors are set to open June 10. Dispersed camping on approved state-managed lands is not permitted until at least May 15.

Arrangements for refunds and reservation changes, for those whose camping reservations are affected by the date changes, can be made via the DNR’s reservation call center at 800-447-2757.

Officials said the date changes are due to DNR staff needing roughly five weeks to prepare facilities once they can return to work after the stay-home order ends on May 15.

“We know millions of residents are eager to return to state parks and recreation areas, and we will be here to serve them and make their visits as enjoyable as possible, but we have to open the right way and be certain that facilities and sites are clean, safe and ready to accommodate everyone,” Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, said in a release.

Trails and boating access sites that already were open for the season and remained open during the stay-home order remain open for local use. Visitors are strongly encouraged to continue following social-distancing guidelines, the release said.

As a precaution to limit face-to-face interactions, the Recreation Passport requirement has been suspended until at least two weeks after the stay-home order ends.

More details on DNR closures, opening dates and changes in services can be found on the DNR’s COVID-19 response page.


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