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Camping with dogs at Michigan State Parks


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.

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Bring a leash

The good news is that according to, 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

  • 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.

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.