By Howard Meyerson
The camping season still is some months away — unless you’re a die-hard, that is, or plan to spend a week in the Everglades. But if you are thinking to camp in Michigan this spring, be aware that state park camping fees are going up.
State officials said the increase is needed to offset rising costs to operate and maintain the nearly 100-year-old state park system. The increases fall into three tiers: $4, $2 and $1 more per night, depending on the popularity of the park and how crowded it is in July during the prime camping season. As might be expected, the most popular sites go up the most.
Supply and demand
Camping at Silver Lake, Holland, Grand Haven and Petoskey state parks will go up $4 per night, to name a few. A full hookup site at Holland State Park now will cost $37 per night, while a 50-amp site is $33 per night, and a 20/30-amp site is $31 per night.
Moderately popular destinations, such as Sterling State Park in Monroe or Port Crescent in Port Austin, went up $2 per night. A full hookup at Port Crescent now is $31 per night from mid-April to mid-November, and $20 per night the rest of the year.
Lesser-used parks, such as Fisherman’s Island in Charlevoix, Pontiac Lake in Waterford and Craig Lake in the Upper Peninsula, went up $1 per night. Camping along Lake Michigan at Fisherman’s Island State Park remains a sweet deal at $13 per night.
Fees for rustic cabins, yurt and lodge rentals also increased by 8 percent a night. A night in a yurt at Craig Lake State Park went up $5 to $65. The entire list of state park fees can be found online here on the DNR website. Continue reading