Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Recreation Passport logo Recreation Passport When you renew your license plate registration, you'll experience state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trails, boat launches and hundreds of shopping discounts. You'll also support historic and cultural sites in state parks grants for neighborhood parks.
  • Pet-Friendly Opportunities in Michigan State Parks

    The Michigan DNR welcomes you and your pets to enjoy parks, trails and harbors together.

  • Pure Michigan FITness Series Physical activity events throughout Michigan that are accessible to all Michigan residents.

Highlighted Stories

  • Michigan Army National Guard members position grader on ORV trail. (photo courtesy of U.S. Army) Michigan Army National Guard unit training exercises benefit local and state multiuse trails in Iron County

    As we honor our military veterans, the Department of Natural Resources salutes the efforts of the 1432nd Engineer Company of the Michigan Army National Guard. Over the past several years, the unit — which is based in Kingsford and has a detachment in Iron River — has conducted heavy-equipment training exercises that have improved state and local multi-use trails in Iron County.

  • U.P. Focus: DNR launches 'Keep the U.P. CWD Free!' campaign in the Upper Peninsula

    DNR officials are concerned CWD could be brought into the U.P. by those hunting in other states.

    From billboards and bumper stickers to an informational fact sheet and television and radio broadcasts, the DNR is working to inform the public about preventing CWD from occurring in the U.P.

  • Fertilized coho salmon eggs await transfer to Platte River State Fish Hatchery’s incubation room. Platte River State Fish Hatchery a big part of state's success with coho salmon

    Today, the DNR stocks nearly as many coho – reared at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery near Honor – as Chinook salmon. A decade ago, it was a quarter as many. Chinook salmon populations are down significantly, largely because of stocking cuts necessitated by a diminishing alewife population in Lake Michigan, while the coho population remains strong. It helped fill out the catch this past summer, as there were fewer Chinooks available to anglers.