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State Park Pass?

O'Fallon, Missouri
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State Park Pass?

Do the state parks all have entry fees? Trying to determine if it would be beneficial to purchase a Recreational Pass. Do you have to have one to enter the parks?

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1. Re: State Park Pass?

Many state parks require a permit to drive a vehicle into them. So if you are going to Tahquamenon Falls, for example, you will need a permit.

In the Mackinaw City area that doesn't apply as much. You can drive the length of Wilderness State Park and stop at some of the trail heads without a permit. Fort Michilimackinac has an admission that is unrelated to car. Mackinac Island is over 80% state park, but there are no automobiles. Straits State Park in St. Ignace requires a permit to drive in it, but you can park at Lakeside Cemetery and walk into the park a short distance for the best views of the Mackinac Bridge from the north side.

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2. Re: State Park Pass?

We will be travelling to the upper peninsula as well....thanks for the info...sounds like we should get one.

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3. Re: State Park Pass?

You will need a passport sticker to enter any Michigan State Park.

"The non-resident Recreation Passport is $32 (annual) or $9 (daily). It is valid until the end of the calendar year and comes in the form of a window sticker."

Sleeping Bear Dunes and isle Royale are separate National entities that require another fee.

Also many county/township parks and local beaches have a entry fee.

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4. Re: State Park Pass?

Even for a non-Michigan resident if you're going to go more than three parks it's obviously a bargain to get the yearly pass. You can buy it at any park that has a staffed office.

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5. Re: State Park Pass?

Do you know whether a rental car would come with this sticker on it?

Thanks

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6. Re: State Park Pass?

"Do you know whether a rental car would come with this sticker on it?"

Probably not unless the person renting it before you bought one and they left it on when cleaning the car upon return.

Parks requiring permits either have a booth at the entry where you can buy them or a kiosk in the parking lot.

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7. Re: State Park Pass?

No i don’t think any would. I ordered the pass online. We rented a car in Missouri and I taped the pass onto the window and then untaped it before we returned the car. I held on to the sticker in case we returned that same year but sadly it didn’t happen.

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