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  • Pet Friendly Michigan State Parks

    I was excited to see this on the Michigan DNR website so I copied and pasted.

    Pet-friendly Rules

    There are many pet-friendly solutions to get you and your pet into Michigan’s great outdoors together. Pets are welcome on a 6-foot leash in Michigan state parks, park campgrounds, state forest (rustic) campgrounds, state forests, non-designated bathing beach areas, harbors and the majority of trails and boat launches.

    The following rules apply to pets at ALL locations:
    • Pets must be on a 6-foot leash and under your immediate control at all times.
    • Always clean up after your pet. Please carry a waste bag with you at all times.
    • Dogs should not be left in campers or tied up unattended to prevent barking from negatively affecting the park experience of other visitors.
    • Keep pets from interacting with wildlife.
    • Keep pets from disturbing visitors.
    • Pets are not allowed in state buildings (ie. offices, bathrooms, showers, cabins and lodges) with the exception of the pet-friendly alternative lodging options listed below. Please note that pets are not allowed in bathrooms or showers.

    Pet-friendly lodging pilot program - In November 2017, a pilot program was launched to designate pet-friendly lodging at several state parks in Michigan. There is an additional fee of $10 per night/pet/cabin or $15 per night/pet/lodge. These locations can be booked up to 12 months in advance at Up to two pets (cats and dogs only) are allowed in overnight lodging accommodations at the following locations:
    State park and state forest campgrounds - In general, pets are permitted in state parks, state park campgrounds and state forest campgrounds as long as they are on a six-foot leash. Please become familiar with all of the rules regarding pets and pay attention to signage.

    Trails - Pets are welcome on state-designated trails and pathways located in state parks and state forests; however, there are some instances where pets are not allowed. Check trailhead signage to make sure pets are not permitted on a particular trail.

    Boat Launches - The majority of boat launches allow pets, with the exception of the following boating access sites (during certain times of the year).

    Harbors - Pets are allowed in state harbors. Some harbors have a designated pet area.

    Pet-friendly shoreline - Pets are allowed in non-designated bathing beach areas (not designated swimming beaches) within state parks. Please note that pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash even if they are in the water. The following parks offer sections of pet-friendly shorelines:
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