Man’s best friend makes everything better, and that definitely applies to camping!
You might be wondering though if your favorite Michigan state park allows dog or not.
Bring a leash
The good news is that according to michigan.gov, in most cases, all you need is a six-foot leash, and a well-behaved dog.
In addition to a leash, remember to follow the general rules as outlined by michigan.gov
- 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.
What about Cabins?
Pet friendly lodging is now available at select parks. There is an additional fee of $10 for cabins and $15 for lodging and you are allowed up to two dogs.
- Cheboygan State Park (Poe Reef cabin)
- Harrisville State Park (mini cabin #186)
- Lime Island State Park (mini cabin #4)
- Leelanau State Park (Hemlock and Cedar mini cabins)
- Sleepy Hollow State Park (rustic cabin)
Pet Friendly shoreline
Looking to cool off? The following parks have designated pet friendly shoreline. Just remember to keep your dog on a six-foot leash even when in the water.
- Baraga State Park (entire length of Lake Superior park shoreline)
- Brighton Recreation Area (section of shoreline on Chilson Pond)
- Burt Lake State Park (section of shoreline on Burt Lake)
- Dodge #4 State Park (section of shoreline located to the west of the rock jetty)
- Grand Mere State Park (entire length of the Lake Michigan park shoreline – 1 mile)
- Harrisville State Park (section of shoreline located on the north end of the camper’s beach; accessible via foot trail near site #103)
- Holland State Park (located in the Lake Macatawa day-use area directly across from the Lake Mac Campground)
- Holly Recreation Area (section of shoreline on Heron Lake)
- McLain State Park (portion of Lake Superior shoreline)
- Mears State Park (southernmost section of shoreline)
- Otsego Lake State Park (section of shoreline on Otsego Lake accessible via a flight of stairs near site 64 – may not be accessible during high water)
- Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (entire length of Lake Superior park shoreline)
- Port Crescent State Park (section of shoreline available near the mouth of the Pinnebog River accessible via the steel bridge that connects to the hiking trails closest to the campground)
- Sleepy Hollow State Park (section of shoreline located 100 yards north of the Lake Ovid swimming beach)
- South Higgins Lake State Park (section of shoreline in the day-use area and a campers-only area near the west campground)
- Tawas Point State Park (section of shoreline available on Tawas Bay between the campground and the lighthouse – enclosed by fencing)
- Twin Lakes State Park
- Warren Dunes State Park (2.5 miles of pet-friendly Lake Michigan shoreline located north of the northernmost swim buoy)
- Young State Park (section of shoreline available east of the boat launch)