DNR Allows Pets to Stay in Cabins At 5 State Parks

“Pets enjoy coming to the parks and being out in nature.”

If you can’t stand the thought of being separated from your pets while camping, you can now breathe a little easier.

Beginning Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will allow dogs and cats to lodge in cabins with their campers.

The new pet-friendly policy is part of a pilot program by the DNR that extends to five state parks.

The policy will allow up to two pets to stay in cabins at state parks.

The Cheboygan Humane Society deals with many of the issues caused by pets at their local state park and for pet owners excited about the new change, they offered some advice about how to prepare for a camping stay with your pets.

“Pets are part of your family and people take them everywhere with them. And they want to enjoy having their pets with them. We remind people to make sure that their pets’ vaccinations are up to date and that they’re wearing current identification tags and they keep them under control,” Mary Talaske, executive director, Cheboygan Humane Society.

The pilot program includes Harrisville State Park, Lime Island State Park, Leelanau State Park, Sleepy Hollow State Park and Cheboygan State Park.