Michigan State Parks: 100 Years Young and Going Strong

With 103 state parks, Michigan’s enviable collection of outdoor recreation destinations is a draw for more than 27 million visitors every year. But it didn’t happen by accident. Almost 100 years ago, Michigan’s state parks system was established, moving forward a vision to acquire lands for great outdoor spaces where the public could enjoy leisure time in some of the most beautiful woods and water found anywhere in the country. Today, no matter where you are in Michigan, you’re never more than a half-hour away from a state park, state forest campground or state trail system!

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in a Michigan state park, check out the video above for a bird’s-eye view of some of these special places.

“Over the past 100 years, we are all fortunate for the vision and passion of those who had the foresight to secure these priceless natural treasures for future generations,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Chief Ron Olson. “During this centennial celebration year, we invite old friends and first-time visitors to explore four seasons of fun. It’s time to get to know your Michigan state parks all over again.”

Consider this your official invitation to join the yearlong centennial celebration throughout the entire year! Share memories on the memory map and photos (a virtual guest book), attend special events, explore new (or favorite) parks and learn more about our history. Visit to see what’s in store.

For more information, contact Maia Turek, 989-225-8573.