Michigan DNR has increased the cost of camping and lodge in state parks


With the prices of just about everything increasing these days, the fees for camping and lodging in Michigan’s large state parks are also increasing. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a press release informing us of these price increases.

These price increases took effect on November 1, 2021 and are as follows:

  • $ 2 and $ 8 per night, depending on location and day of the week.
  • Rustic campsites will not increase by more than $ 5 per night.
  • Overnight accommodation will increase by $ 10 per night.

The press release went on to say:

“Due to the increased revenue generated by these new fees, visitors should see improvements throughout the state’s park system, including customer service, cleaner parks and washrooms, efforts management of natural resources and park equipment such as new fireplaces and picnic tables. This adjustment will help fund more competitive rates of pay for seasonal park workers who play a vital role in serving visitors during the busy summer season.

We are told that “approximately 97% of state park funding for operations and maintenance is generated through user fees and royalty revenues.” Here’s a rough breakdown of where state park revenue comes from:

  • Camping and accommodation reservation fees provide 51%.
  • Sales of leisure passports provide 26%.
  • Revenue from state-owned royalties, oil, gas and minerals – which feeds the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund – provides 15%.
  • Concessions, shelter reservations and miscellaneous sources provide 5%.

Instead of looking for vacations outside of Michigan, you might want to see the great state parks that we have here in Michigan.

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