The price of recreation passports is going up.

You know that question the clerk asks you every time you need to get your registration and tabs renewed: “Do you want to add the cost of a recreation passport for state parks?” Well, if you’re one of the people who spring for the extra cost, it is going up at the beginning of the year.

Previously they were $11 and considering that the passport grants full access to “Michigan’s state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches and other state-managed outdoor destinations,” for a full year, that’s really not so bad.

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Pictured Rocks is just one of the many beautiful Michigan State Parks. Get your recreation passports! Photo courtesy of Munising.

And as long as you purchased yours for the year, you should be fine. However, starting January 1, 2018, if you don’t opt to purchase your recreation passport “online at, by mail, at a self-service station or in person at a branch office at the time of registration renewal,” then it will be $5 more ($16) to purchase it at the state park site.

While nobody is happy about the price spike, Michigan’s Department of National Resources stresses that:

“That’s just 3 cents a day for a year’s worth of exploration in Michigan’s outdoors. Plus, it’s the easiest way to support and protect our state parks, trails and waterways for the next generation.”

Well, they’ve got a point. Michigan’s (and the rest of the country’s) state parks are worth preserving and visiting.

Do you have one? Will you be using yours this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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