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Michigan State Park Dog Information

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Recreation Division

Mason Building, 3rd Floor

P.O. Box 30031

Lansing, MI 48909

(517) 373-9900

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.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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