Camping in Michigan State Parks? Book your dates as soon as possible
We are fortunate to live in a state that is considered a “Water and winter wonderland“Michigan is scenic any time of the year! However, we Michiganians know that the warm weather is all too brief, so when summer finally arrives, we’re ready to take full advantage of it.
If you’re planning on camping at any of Michigan’s state parks this season, you need to make your reservation yesterday. Although it’s only the beginning of March, many of the most popular weekends of the year are already full according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Although many state parks allow you to make your reservation up to 6 months in advance, when the state camping website first opened reservations November 1, 2021 for the upcoming season summer 2022, many dates have been entered although the DNR says you may still be able to find open dates.
For my part, I am very disappointed with this news. Being recently back in state camping was high on my Michigan summer list. I was so excited to visit all the places I didn’t get to visit the first time, like Petoskey, Porcupine Mountains, and Tahquamenon Falls. Are my summer plans in jeopardy?
There are several possible explanations for the sudden increased interest in Michigan state park campgrounds. The most obvious cause being the Covid-19 pandemic. During peak times of the pandemic, camping and exploring the outdoors was one of the few activities we could still do and many Michiganders used quarantine to pick up camping and hiking as a new hobby. .
It’s exciting that so many residents want to explore all that Pure Michigan has to offer because there’s so much! However, it is frustrating that some of us have to go without or adjust our plans for the season. A Reddit user said, “I’ve argued before that Michigan residents should be one hour ahead of people in the state.” While others said, “It’s time to create more state parks!”
the Michigan MNR encourages those wishing to camp this summer to check back frequently as plans change and there may be cancellations. Some have said that the longer a reservation is made, the more likely it is to go unused. I have a feeling that if gas prices continue to rise the way they are now, many Michigan residents won’t be able to afford long road trips across the state.
Have your summer plans been foiled due to a lack of available camping dates?
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