Camper storage program continues at state parks

LAPEER COUNTY – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that the camper storage program will continue this camping season at select Michigan state parks and recreation areas to help families offset the cost of fuel prices and enjoy their summer vacation plans.

“The fuel-saving camper storage program is part of a pilot program introduced in 2008,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “Due to its overwhelming success, the program has continued to save fuel and encourage families to vacation in and return to state parks and recreation areas.”

Olson said the program saves campers up to 20 percent on mileage and provides an environmentally friendly option when traveling.

Campers have the option to reduce fuel costs by temporarily storing camping units, including trailers, motor homes or boats on trailers, in participating state parks and recreation areas between state park visits.

Storage spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be determined by contacting the park. Campers must show proof of campground use at any Michigan state park or recreation area within the seven days prior to the beginning of the storage period. The maximum allowable storage period is 15 days. The program is free.

A Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to state parks and recreation areas. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to Michigan state parks and more at

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To check camping availability and make a reservation, please visit or call 1-800- 44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

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