2012-04-26 / Outdoors

DNR lowers state forest campground fees

The DNR is lowering many fees at state forest campgrounds to align them more closely with fees at state parks and recreation areas offering similar amenities.

Most state forest campgrounds will have a $13 per site, per night fee rate (a reduction of $2). Campgrounds identified as equestrian state forest campgrounds, those associated with ORV trails, and the semi-modern Houghton Lake state forest campground will charge a $17 per site, per night rate (a reduction of $3).

“The goal is to create a quality atmosphere for a rustic camping experience at an appropriate fee, said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Chief. “Also new this year is the requirement of the Recreational Passport to access all state forest campgrounds, in addition to Michigan state parks, recreation areas, and state administered boating access fee sites.

This new way to fund Michigan’s outdoor recreation opportunities helps preserve state forest campgrounds, trails, and historic and cultural sites in state parks. Also, the Passport will improve funding for state park infrastructure and rehabilitation and provide park development grants to local communities.

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