Originally Posted by ov845
I just don't understand the passport thing. I guess we'll find out when we get there.
In August 2010 Election, Michigan had a ballot issue which changed the funding for the DNR, who is charged with handling the state park system from using a portion of the state budget along with daily and annual park passes.
The ballot issue changed the funding for the DNR to using Hunting and Fishing licenses, etc. and the recreation passport fees. This ballot issue basically forbid the legislators and governor from stealing park monies for their personal projects. Needless to say, it passed by a landslide.
Michigan residents now have the option of paying an additional $11 for an annual recreation passport for their Automobile/RV, (Motorcycle recreation passports are $5) when they renew their license plates or they can pay it the first time they visit a park should they choose to enter. The passport is good for the same length of time that the license plate is.
With the passport, we gain access to all state parks, state forests, and many state monuments (you still need to pay a daily fee for campsites). We also no longer pay a fee to use the state boat ramps.
It has been so popular since its inception that the DNR has more money than it ever had and thus has been able to make huge improvements in the park system over the last 6 years.
Here is an article about how well the recreation passport has worked.
Bridge • The Center for MichiganFive years later, state parks Recreation Passport a financial success
A daily non-resident pass will cost you $9 while an annual non-resident pass is currently $31 which is good until December 31 and can be purchased either online, if you have enough lead time or a park office.
Hope this pretty much covers the Michigan Passport questions.
Should you have anymore questions concerning visiting Michigan feel free to PM me and I will do my best to help.
BTW, If you choose to go through Detroit, Take a trip to Belle Isle, now that it has become a state park and the Michigan State Police have taken over policing it a great place to visit.