Michigan DNR announces change in payment options for making advance reservations at Michigan state parks

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday (Oct. 25) announced that it will make modifications in payment options for camping and lodging reservations at Michigan state parks, recreation areas and harbors.

Beginning today (Oct. 27), E-check payments no longer will be accepted. Forms of payment that will be accepted include MasterCard, Visa, Discover and the DNR state park and harbor gift card

"As long as a MasterCard, Visa or Discover logo appears on the card, regardless of whether it is a credit, debit or prepaid card, it will be accepted for payment," said Christa Sturtevant-Good, DNR parks and harbors central reservation specialist. "Additionally, a prepaid DNR state park and harbor gift card can be accepted for payment. This gift card is a great gift idea for outdoor enthusiasts and campers who visit Michigan state parks and recreation areas."

For customers who don't have a credit or debit card, there are alternative payment options: 
  • Visit a nearby state park and purchase a DNR state park and harbor gift card. The cards can be loaded in any amount between $5 and $500. There are no additional activation fees for these cards, and multiple cards can be purchased if necessary. The gift card then can be used to make a reservation online at www.midnrreservations.comor via the call center at 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).
  • Visit a local convenience store and purchase a prepaid MasterCard or Visa. The prepaid MasterCard or Visa card then can be used to make a reservation online at www.midnrreservations.com or via the call center at 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).
Advance reservations can be made up to six months in advance of a customer’s planned arrival date for both campsites and harbor slips. Advance reservations for overnight lodging or day-use shelters can be made up to one year in advance. Reservations can be made by visiting www.midnrreservations.com or calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

For questions, contact the reservation call center at 1-800-44PARKS or Christa Sturtevant-Good at 231-861-2703 or sturtevantc@michigan.gov. Emails also may be sent to DNR-Reservations@michigan.gov.