Closures planned this summer for popular state parks in Michigan

Summer is the perfect time to explore the natural beauty of Michigan’s state parks, but if you plan to pitch a tent or park your RV, you may want to double-check your destination. This year, seven of Michigan’s popular state parks will close for construction and maintenance.

According to its website, the DNR advises those heading out for fun in nature this summer to be aware that several popular state parks in Michigan will undergo planned construction projects that will last into the fall. “Closures and detours may occur due to improvement projects, repairs and weather-related events,” they indicated.

Which popular Michigan state parks will be closed this year?

According to the DNR, the following popular summer locations will be closed for various reasons:

  • Algonac State Park: Due to planned park expansions – installing full hookup sites and repaving the roads – the park’s day-use area and modern campground will close this spring and summer.
  • Brighton Recreation Area: Electrical and road improvements will close the Bishop Lake modern campground from August 11, 2024 to mid-May 2025. There will also be road repairs closing the Horseman’s equestrian campground from June 1 to October 15, 2024.
  • Fort Custer Recreation Area: The park’s modern campsite will be closed as it replaces the toilet and shower buildings. The goal is to open the East Loop in late July, but the West Loop will likely remain closed as work continues, including additional improvements such as new underground electrical conductors, site pedestals and distribution panels.
  • Interlochen State Park: This year you will see closures in the spring and summer for planned park improvement projects to upgrade the park’s water and sewer system, beach house restroom building, day area and modern campground. The park’s Duck Lake Boating Access Site will close intermittently during the season, but the Green Lake Boating Access Site and rustic campground will remain open. Please note that the sanitary station in this area is closed.
  • Ludington State Park: Although this park won’t close until September 2024, they will last until July 2025, when improvements such as paving, parking expansion, and improved traffic and pedestrian flow at the park’s main entrance will close most of the park. The 5,000-acre park and beautiful 3-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline south of the Big Sable River, including its trails and boardwalk, will remain open and accessible to the public through parking along M-116.
  • McLain State Park: The campground will close on August 1 for the remainder of the 2024 season. A planned park improvement project will begin to upgrade the campground’s wastewater treatment system.
  • Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area: The The modern site is now closed until the end of July due to improvements to paving, electricity, water and sewerage. Due to planned improvements, the entire park – including the day-use area, boat launch and beach – will be closed for paving until June 15.
  • Port Crescent State Park: The park’s modern campground will be closed for the entire 2024 season to upgrade roads, water/sewer lines, and the electrical and sanitary station.

Several other Michigan State parks will be undergoing ongoing repairs and upgrades, so it’s best to check the DNR website for closures and schedules when planning your trip.

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