Boating the Great Lakes State; watercraft registrations expire March 31
|The Great Lakes State has the distinct honor to boast the longest U.S. freshwater coastline, thousands of miles of rivers and streams and 11,000 inland lakes.
With the centennial year underway, it’s important to emphasize the role that state parks play in Michigan boating adventures. Many state parks offer boating access, a handful of state parks offer boat rentals (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards) and many more are popular stops for day trips.
Please note: watercraft, unless exempt, must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State. Registrations expire March 31 in the third year of issuance.
Six-month summer/fall camping reservation window here
|Looking forward to creating memories during the centennial year? Campsites can be booked up to six months in advance and overnight lodging (100+ cabins, yurts, pop-up campers and lodges available to rent) can be made up to a year in advance. Make a reservation at midnrreservations.com.
To help capture special state park memories pictured here (restored 1956 Southland Runabout at Hoffmaster State Park), an online memory map – what we call our “virtual guest book” – was created for parks fans to easily add their memories and photos. Share yours!