The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is piloting a new self-check-in process at 13 state parks, so you can skip the line and get to your campsite faster. 


As found with many hotels and airports, you can virtually check in for your campsite reservation on your time after midnight on the day of arrival. Just log in to your account at and follow the prompts. You’ll also receive a courtesy reminder email once the self-check-in window is open.

If you already have your Recreation Passport, you can skip the line and go straight to your campsite after 3 p.m. Be prepared to show your booking information to park staff upon request. Don’t have a passport? You can purchase one at the entrance booth before setting up camp. If no staff is present, you can use the self-payment envelope and place it in the designated drop slot.


The pilot will take place at Baraga, Fort Wilkins, Harrisville, Hoffmaster, Holly, Lakeport, Leelanau, Muskegon, Petoskey, Port Crescent, Warren Dunes, Waterloo and Yankee Springs state parks/recreation areas.