Sunday, November 9, 2014

Overnight lodging and camping options at Michigan state parks

Have you made your plans for winter camping, or 2015 lodging at a state park? If not, now is a great time to do so before state park camping prices increase to match the consumer price index.

Camping reservations (for RV and tent campsites) can be made up to 6 months in advance through the Central Reservation System at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). Please note: lodges cannot be reserved through the Central Reservation System. Please call the state park directly to check availability and make a reservation.

Overnight lodging reservations can be made up to one year in advance, and a variety of accommodations are available. Here's a quick breakdown of the overnight lodging options available at Michigan state parks:
Mini-cabins: one-room heated cabins that sleep up to four people, with bunkbeds and mattresses provided. Reservation includes use of a picnic table and a grill or fire ring.
Camper cabins: a step up in size from the mini-cabins, these 6-person accommodations feature electrical outlets, a covered front porch, picnic tables and fire circles.
Rustic cabins: single-sized beds or bunks with mattresses, a table, chairs, brooms and a propane heater or wood stove for heat. Many of these cabins boast waterside views, and some can accommodate up to 24 people.
Yurts: constructed of wood and sturdy, tent-like canvas, yurts include a wooden deck, bunk beds for 4-6 people, mattresses, a table, chairs, solar lantern and a woodstove for heat, firewood included.
Tepees: these unique structures feature a solid floor, a closeable flap and bunk beds or cots to sleep up to four people.
Deluxe cabins: These modern cabins include indoor plumbing, can accommodate 6-8 adults and often feature waterside views, volleyball courts, boat rentals and other recreational bonuses.
Lodges: amenities vary from park to park, but usually include fully-furnished living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. *Please note that modern lodges cannot be reserved through CRS. Call the park directly for availability and reservations.
Campground rates will go up by $4, $2 or $1 per night, depending on occupancy rates at the particular location, with the higher increases going to the higher-occupancy campgrounds. An 8 percent rate increase will apply to cabins and lodges, and fees will also be adjusted at the Ralph A. McMullan Center in Roscommon.

Camping fees have remained the same since 2007, and this year’s adjustments are expected to raise an additional $1.8 million in revenue annually for the Parks and Recreation Division of the DNR. The revenue will assist with maintaining, improving and expanding the state park system. For more information about camping fees, please call 517-284-6098.