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Plenty to do outdoors over long holiday weekend


Campers at Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground, in Otsego County, enjoy an evening around the fire in one of Michigan’s nearly 140 rustic campsites. Photo by Michigan DNR.

Though many residents will take to the woods and camp this weekend, there are plenty of day-trip ideas to consider, too:

Head to one of Michigan’s 103 state parks for swimming, picnicking, disc golfing and walking, or simply letting the kids run free on the playground.

Explore hundreds of miles of state trails, perfect for hiking, off-road riding, bicycling and horseback riding. Mountain bikers also can wind and weave through forested areas along designated trails.

Grab a rod and reel and head to the water (maybe to one of the many state parks located near Great Lakes shoreline, inland lakes, or rivers and streams) for an adventure and maybe some great fish tales! Learn about licensing, gear, locations and more at Michigan.gov/Fishing.

Five floating playgrounds located in state parks and open through the holiday weekend are suitable for kids and adults, offering inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows, bouncers, climbing walls and more. Find ticket information and rules at Michigan.gov/DNRWaterParks.

“When I tell people that in Michigan you’re never more than a half-hour away from a state park, state forest campground, state trail or waterway, I have that moment when it still makes an impression on me and I’m super proud to live and work in this great state,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief.

Still interested in closing out the long weekend with a camping trip? Occupancy at state park campgrounds stood at 92 percent late last week, meaning there are a handful of camping spots left statewide. Find reservations for a diverse range of modern, semi-modern and rustic camping sites at MIDNRReservations.com. Rustic campsites in state forest campgrounds also are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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