Michigan State Park Pet Policy
Pets in State Park Campgrounds and at Boating Access Sites
With few exceptions, pets are welcomed in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and at boating access sites, but they must be accompanied at all times by responsible owners. Please remember that these public places are strange environments for your pet. It may react much differently here than at home. Children are attracted to pets and we have many injuries reported involving pets which normally are very gentle.
Pets are not allowed on designated beaches or areas used for wading or swimming. This rule is strictly enforced. Traverse City State Park and Baraga State Park have established pet-free portions of their campground. At Baraga State Park, 19 campsites have this designation. At Traverse City State Park, the south central campground loop has been designated pet-free.
Following are guidelines all pet owners are required to follow:
1. Never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle, in your camper or at your campsite.
2. Always keep your pet on a leash which must not exceed six feet in length.
3. Don't take your pet to the beach.
4. Wrap your dog's droppings in newspaper or plastic bag and discard it in a trash bin.
5. If you walk your dog, do it in an isolated part of the park.
6. Don't allow your pet to run loose at any time.
7. Don't allow your pet to be noisy. Barking dogs are a source of many complaints.
8. For your protection make sure your pet has rabies shots.
9. Don't tie your pet outside unless you are with the pet and can control it.
10. Pets are not allowed inside park buildings such as mini cabins, shower buildings or rustic cabins.