The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a map of its parks and trails on its website. The website also has a searchable list of 744 parks, trails and campgrounds, including scenic sites, rustic cabins and lodges.Continue Reading
The department owns about 4.6 million acres of land within Michigan as of May 2015. This includes about 3.8 million acres of woodlands in its 106 parks, 353,000 acres of park and recreation areas and 360,000 acres of wildlife within 348 campgrounds and 270 trails, and 5,700 acres of fisheries. Sites for other uses cover about 32,000 acres.
The department states that its mission is to protect and manage its parks and cultural sites for visitors to enjoy. The department seeks to help in the building of nature-based economies, improve its services by establishing outside partnerships and achieve these aims through good business practices.
The department was created in 1921 as the Michigan Department of Conservation, which combined the agencies that oversaw the state's natural resources. It was renamed to the Department of Natural Resources in 1968. Divisions under the DNR's control include operations, fisheries, forest resources, marketing, wildlife, and parks and recreation. Twenty-three public organizations provide oversight over specific sites and functions.Learn more about The Midwest