Reservation prices for state facilities
State park campground reservation prices
State forest campground reservation prices
Modern lodge reservation prices
Shelter reservation prices
Cabin, yurt, teepee and pop-up reservation prices
Group site reservation prices
Harbor slip reservation prices
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Funding for Michigan state parks
Michigan state parks are operated without tax supported funds, and depend nearly totally on camping fees and the revenue from the Recreation Passport. Dedicated tax funding specifically for Michigan state parks was removed by the legislature, making Michigan one of the few self-supporting state park systems in the nation. Despite this, and despite the many facilities managed by the DNR, the Michigan State Park system continually ranks among the best-operated systems in the nation. Michigan state parks are funded by four sources:
- Park endowment fund
- Recreation Passport
- Concession permit and other permit fees
Camping and reservation fees
Camping fees are one of the major sources of funding. The last fee adjustment was 2007, so in spring 2013 the fee plan was reviewed by the Michigan State Park Advisory Committee, and it was determined that a price adjustment was necessary to meet the rising costs of business. Two years ago when the Parks and Recreation Division assumed responsibility for the 1,200 rustic campsites in state forests, the division reduced those fees to align with other rustic sites in state parks.
The mission of the Parks and Recreation Division is to provide campers with a quality experience in the outdoors. Reservation profits enable the DNR to keep the standards high and to make improvements to facilities such as state parks, boat launches, trails and harbors. The fees are now set to adjust slowly based upon the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
An $8 online/$10 phone reservation fee provides funding for the Central Reservation System, which provides convenient access to reservations on a 24 hour, 7 days per week basis, as well as purchasing Recreation Passports and other vendor items sold in the parks and harbors. The campground and harbor reservation system annually serves over one million customers and manages the daily inventory of 14,500+ campsites, lodges and harbor slips.
The reservation fee is calculated on the typical average stay per customer and applied to the cost per reservation night paid back to the vendor. managing the Central Reservation System.
Reservations for campsites, tents and tepees, and harbor slips can be made 6 months in advance. Reservations for overnight lodging (modern lodges, rustic cabins, camper cabins, mini cabins and yurts), and picnic shelters can be made 12 months in advance. Learn more about DNR lodging options at www.michigan.gov/dnrlodging.
How to make a reservation
To make a reservation through the Central Reservation System (CRS), visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757).
Modern lodge reservations can be made up to one year in advance by calling the park directly. Find a park's phone number by searching for the park at www.michigan.gov/recsearch.