Nearly 100 years ago, people in Michigan were rallying to protect the state’s most beautiful outdoor destinations. On May 12, 1919, the Michigan Legislature established the Michigan State Park Commission, paving the way for Michigan's state parks system. Today Michigan is home to 103 state parks, creating lifelong memories for 28 million visitors a year.
From the wilds of the Porcupine Mountains to the urban escape of Belle Isle, generations have come to love these places that have anchored communities, forged local economies and defined the heart of our state.
Your contributions will strengthen a state parks system primarily funded by user fees – a system facing a $260 million infrastructure deficit – and jump-start important programs and offerings, such as new playgrounds, tree planting, energy efficiencies and improved access for people of all abilities.
If Michigan state parks have come to mean a lot to you and your friends and family, your support now will mean the world to state park places, programs and projects – our “three Ps.”