Campgrounds To Reopen In Michigan

Christy Strawser
June 04, 2020 - 1:49 pm

(WWJ) Michigan's Department of Natural Resources says ... let's get ready to camp!

Cue the Heavens opening up for eager outdoors people because camping at the state’s more than 140 state forest campgrounds will be allowed starting Wednesday, June 10th.

Other areas will reopen June 22nd, but note that a handful of campgrounds will stay closed because of construction.

​Opening dates for museums, historic sites, visitor centers and shooting ranges are being still being worked on as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer slowly lifts segments of her stay home, stay safe order.

When camping returns, officials say you'll still have to social distance by staying away from other campers.

Some parking lots may also be closed.

"We know campers are eager to get outdoors during the warmer weather and squeeze in every minute in the woods and under the stars," the DNR said on its website, adding, "We share our campers’ passion for Michigan, and we are just as excited to open for the season."

As for why it has taken so long to get this outdoor recreation up and running again, the state says  2,900 employees were temporarily laid off across the state, including 102 park staff, due to budget cuts stemming from the pandemic. "This has significantly slowed down pre-season work in campgrounds."

Parks are also a money-maker, as recreation passports required to camp in Michigan state parks brought in about $30.3 million in 2018.