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Expanding Accessible Recreation in Michigan State Parks

Expanding accessible recreation in Michigan state parks

This year officially marks the 100-year anniversary of Michigan State Parks, and we’re inviting everyone to join in a yearlong centennial celebration filled with special events, podcasts, historical stories, videos, geocaching and more.

As part of the Michigan state parks centennial, we’re also celebrating the amenities, programs and services that we’ve been working on over the past century to expand access to Michigan’s great outdoors.

Here are a few of the accessible recreation options that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering for all Michigan residents and visitors.

New track chairs expand accessibility  

Track chairs are off-road, electronic chairs that can easily handle trails, snow, sand and even up to 8 inches of water, allowing users to explore areas of the parks that traditional wheelchairs might not be able to reach. The chairs are loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. This brief video shows a track chair in action.

With the generous donation of Kali’s Cure for Paralysis Foundation, five track chairs were donated to Maybury, Muskegon and Tahquamenon Falls state parks, Belle Isle Park and Waterloo Recreation Area. The chairs can be utilized on both trails and beaches.

Other accessible recreation opportunities

You’ll find a wide variety of other accessible recreation features at our state parks, campgrounds, boating access sites, state game areas, trails and more. There are beaches with lightweight all-terrain chairs and accessible walkways; kayak launches with accessible features; lodging (cabins and lodges) and campsites with access routes surfaced with firm gravel, limestone, or slag; and much more.

Find out how you can reserve and/or use track chairs and learn about other accessible features at Michigan.gov/DNRAccessibility.