In Michigan, you are never more than half an hour away from one of 102 state parks, state forest campgrounds or state recreation areas. Thousands of campsites are at our fingertips to enjoy along rivers, inland lakes, sand dunes and beaches, near the Great Lakes, and in state parks and national forests.
Michigan takes great pride in ensuring that these special outdoor traditions – which have been here for generations – continue for you and your family, and for generations to come.
Protecting the health and beauty of our forests, waters and wildlife requires planning, attention and management. Conservation and wildlife management are imperative to making sure that camping can be enjoyed today and long into the future.
How does conservation benefit campers?
Conservation ensures that Michigan’s natural resources can continue to be enjoyed for activities such as camping, hiking and fishing, while also protecting the wildlife that live in recreation areas.
Managing our forests
More than half of Michigan’s land is covered in forests, including many areas used for camping. Our forests are monitored and attended year-round through various conservation and management practices that improve the long-term health of woodlands.
Healthy and diverse forests are home to a wide variety of wildlife species, including some that were once on the verge of extinction in Michigan but can now be viewed during a short walk from a campground.
Waters and wetlands
Protecting waters and wetlands is as essential to our general quality of life as it is to the enjoyment of campers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Water is the basis of life, and scientific management of our waters, wetlands and fisheries is a priority in the Great Lakes State.
You can learn more about these and many other conservation practices on our Wildlife Conservation page.