Over the years, I've camped out at several Michigan state parks and campgrounds. Camping out can be so much fun as long as you have the right attitude, and lots and lots of bug spray!

There's just something about the great outdoors and what it has to offer. If you enjoy nature, trails, swimming, campfires, and meeting new friends, this has your name written all over it.

According to the Detroit Free Press, state parks and campgrounds around Michigan are reopening today, June 22, after months of amenities being closed due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today is the day that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will open most state park campgrounds, although some will have delayed openings.

Dispersed forest camping will now be allowed with amenities open, including bathroom buildings, hand washing stations, sanitation stations, trash services, concessions, playgrounds, viewing platforms, fishing piers, sports areas, designated dog areas, picnic tables and shelters.

For the last three months, the DNR allowed state park entry for free, but now, recreational passes will be required again.

Residents can purchase passes when renewing their license at the Secretary of State for $12, or they can purchase one when entering a state park for $17.

People visiting from out of state can purchase annual passes online for $34 or daily passes for $9.

The Detroit Free Press has several safety tips for Michigan camping.

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