Michigan Camping has a new service to help with reserving a site. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has launched a capability that allows campers the ability to see if there are openings at any of the State Park Campgrounds. The DNR has a new online map that reports availability at state campgrounds to make it easier to find mid-week availability on short notice. You can see which locations have open spots at a glance.
The DNR plans on keeping the map updated by mid-week on The Michigan DNR Facebook Page and to those who subscribe for DNR updates by email. Three Michigan camping map views are available for at a glance updates. Northern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Southern Michigan.
We looked to see if there was any availability of prime campsites along the beach area at Port Crescent State Park for this weekend. Sadly, this popular site was all booked up. However, the map indicated that if we could adjust the dates we may be able to get in. Making a few adjustments we resubmitted our search. We changed the view from the map to a list.
Amazingly we see that site #91 along the beach is available for those with a camper. Clicking on Available Dates I see that the prime site is open for one night next Thursday. Not enough time for our needs but a darn handy service. It beats making a phone call for sure. The service looks to update in real-time. So be sure not just depend on the icon on the initial big map. Click on the parks icon and drill down to get the latest updates. Also, we found the list view provides better detail than the map view.
This state park camping availability service shows information from all the Michigan state parks. It comes just in time for those who have been cooped up at home and want to get out of the house for a few days of camping and swimming.
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