Michigan's Great Outdoors

  • Carriage in Mackinac State Historic Park Mackinac State Historic Parks With automobiles banned since 1898, here exists a quieter way of life away from interstate noise of cities. Over 80 percent of Mackinac Island is within Mackinac Island State Park—free of charge and open year round—where you'll discover the true natural gems of Mackinac.
  • Trails We have our everyday roads that take us to the places we have to be. But when we take a trail, we know we're headed for someplace extraordinary. The trails of Michigan are waiting to take us away. So let's pack up and take on the trails of Pure Michigan.
  • 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.

Highlighted Stories

  • Michigan Historical Museum’s summer Dig Campers excavate carefully to avoid damaging artifacts. Youngsters learn the basics of archaeology at Dig Camp Kids dig digging. So the Michigan Historical Museum gave a number of them the opportunity to spend a week hanging out with professional diggers. No, not heavy equipment operators or agricultural workers. Archaeologists. The museum, located in downtown Lansing, put on a pair of "Dig Camps" this summer - weeklong plunges into the world of archaeology, where youngsters learned about what archaeologists do, and don't do.
  • Devils Lake anglers Mark and Steve Dubuc chat with DNR creel clerk Shawn Spilak. DNR creel clerks collect angler data to aid in fisheries management Department of Natural Resources fisheries managers depend on data when deciding where to stock fish and when setting fishing regulations. Over the years, they've found that one of the best sources of fisheries data is the anglers themselves. Since 1985, the DNR has conducted a regular creel census at many of the state's most popular fishing locations, finding out what anglers are doing.
  • Explorer Guide Mike Latus enthralls campers with fireside storytelling at Warren Dunes State Park. Explorer Guides educate and entertain at Michigan state parks Explorer Guide, one of an army of Department of Natural Resources employees who educate and entertain visitors at 43 state parks in Michigan. Always popular with state park visitors, the Explorer programs are increasingly being regularly attended by local residents as well. For a list of state parks with Explorer programs and scheduled events, visit www.michigan.gov/stateparks.