Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas Offering Free Camper Storage to Save on Fuel

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The Department of Natural Resources today announced a new program this camping season that will offer campers the opportunity to save on fuel costs by temporarily storing their camping trailer or recreational vehicle at specified state parks or recreation areas in-between their camping stays. Storage of the camping units will be free, but is limited to 15 days at a time.

“We know that higher fuel prices may make it challenging for some of our campers to ‘GO-Get Outdoors’ often this summer to enjoy their favorite state park or recreation area campground,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “This program will allow campers to save approximately 30 percent on fuel by leaving their camping trailer, motor home, or boat and trailer up north rather than driving it back and forth from home.”

Campers wishing to take advantage of this offer will need to show proof of a recent (within one week) camping stay at a Michigan state park or recreation area campgrounds. For more information about this opportunity to save on fuel costs and on state parks and recreation areas that are offering temporary storage this camping season, contact the Parks and Recreation Division office at (517) 373-9900, or visit the Web site www.michigan.gov/camperstorage.

Camping reservations can be by calling 800-44-PARKS (72757), or online at www.midnrreservations.com.

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A nonresident annual is $29 and a nonresident daily is $8.