As everything in Michigan is opening back up, good news from the DNR - Michigan state park and state forest campgrounds have a timetable for opening.

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According to the DNR, camping in Michigan state parks and recreation areas will resume June 22. All Michigan state forest campgrounds will open June 10. The overnight lodging facilities and shelters will open June 22.

DNR-managed harbors will open June 10.

The DNR wants everyone to know that you can book a stay in almost all the DNR sites, still, into fall. Visit or call 800-44PARKS. However, let's keep grandma's campsite birthday party to a low roar - you can't go nuts. According to the DNR press release:

...outdoor social gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted, as long as everyone practices proper social distancing (at least 6 feet from people outside your household). Facility parking lots also may be temporarily closed if people congregate too closely or if the location exceeds parking capacity.


There have been some cancellations of DNR events, like fishing derbys. And a few campgrounds have renovations going on which may keep them closed for some time. For the latest info go to the Michigan DNR COVID-19 site.

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