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Old 04-22-2015, 10:03 PM   #15
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I was told Michigan has more lighthouses than both coasts of the U.S.A. Three of which may be entered by the public.
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:01 AM   #16
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I was told Michigan has more lighthouses than both coasts of the U.S.A. Three of which may be entered by the public.
You are correct. Did you hear that from the lighthouse tour interpreter at Heceta Head Lighthouse at Florence, Oregon? We gave the tours there and that was one of our 'trick' questions. Folks think more lighthouses are along the coasts but Michigan has the most!
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Do MI. State Parks charge a daily entrance fee. If they still charge a entrance fee, is that up and above the overnight camping fees?

I remember a few years back someone said even if yyou dropped your RV tt off and went to the grocery store the next day you had to pay another entrance fee.
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Do MI. State Parks charge a daily entrance fee. If they still charge a entrance fee, is that up and above the overnight camping fees?

I remember a few years back someone said even if yyou dropped your RV tt off and went to the grocery store the next day you had to pay another entrance fee.
They do still charge a daily fee on top of your camping fee, $9. You can buy their yearly pass, I believe it was $60...so if you're going to camp for any longer than a week, its going to pay for itself. Still...it irks me when a state park does that...Texas does it too, as does Indiana....I'm sure there's more. If you're picnicking, ok, but if you're already paying for camping you shouldn't have to pay those up charges.
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Last year we camped in MI. They charged a $14 annual CG fee for the State Park facility. I'm not exactly sure what it got you but i do now that we stayed in the one near Higgins Lake "Hartwick Pines" and it was beautiful. We want to go back.
It takes $$$$$ to upgrade these parks. I'm not upset if it is spent well and it seems MI is trying to make some better $$$$ decisions since Detroit is all but closed down.

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You are correct. Did you hear that from the lighthouse tour interpreter at Heceta Head Lighthouse at Florence, Oregon? We gave the tours there and that was one of our 'trick' questions. Folks think more lighthouses are along the coasts but Michigan has the most!
No, I was told that by a cousin who lives in Yahats, OR. now. The Great Lakes lighthouse tour is outlined on the MI tourism website, and in the Rand McNally GPS RV7730 highlighted tours software.
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I do the state parks quite a bit in Michigan. Holland SP is a really nice park.

Hoffmaster is pretty nice, just make sure you get a site that will fit your rig. There is a nice day use side. A nice beach, and is only a short drive to Grand Haven, which has a nice boardwalk. A very nice beach, you can watch the boats come in and out.

Ludington is a nice SP but very hard to get in.
Yankee Springs SP Gun Lake park is a nice one. I go there quite a bit.
Those are just a few that I have been to
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There is a Michigan recreational passport fee of 11$.
It is required of every vehicle that enters MI parks and is good for the year.
As to FHU, WE, E or Nothing, you will have to research the park(s) individually.
Sterling was mentioned. only some of Sterling is FHU and some is E-30 only.
You had best make plans and reservations as the better park fill up fast.

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They do still charge a daily fee on top of your camping fee, $9. You can buy their yearly pass, I believe it was $60...so if you're going to camp for any longer than a week, its going to pay for itself. Still...it irks me when a state park does that...Texas does it too, as does Indiana....I'm sure there's more. If you're picnicking, ok, but if you're already paying for camping you shouldn't have to pay those up charges.
And you forgot that the OP has a toad so they get to purchase 2 annual or daily passes. MI,my home state, charges for every motorized vehicle. I do not use those rip-off parks.
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As previously stated, Michigan did change their entrance pass program to the Recreational Passport program. Non-resident passes are $31 for the calendar year, so it expires December 31 of this year. Residential passports that are purchased at time of license plate renewal are $11 and are good until your plate expires. If you have a tow vehicle, it also needs a $6 pass, which is good for the entire time of your camping stay. You are, of course, free to purchase a passport for the tow vehicle, should you wish to contribute more . This program puts you in state park campgrounds (full hook up sites are now $35; everything else is less), state forest campgrounds (approx. $13/night), and state harbors/marinas (cost for the slip, if needed is based on location and same for everyone, regardless of residency). Some of the parks are getting upgraded nicely because of this program. Some of the parks are breathtaking and have much to be enjoyed.

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If you are moving around MI State Parks, it's best to buy a season pass so you don't get charged for each park. With our 35' Pursuit, we didn't have problems in Traverse City, Straits SP, & Muskegon. We visited many other SP's while volunteering at Muskegon and there were large rigs in the ones we saw - Holland, Luddington, etc. Dry camped in Sleeping Bear Dunes NP. MI SPs are pretty, well located and popular and a step up from dry camping. Depending on where you want to be and when, it can be tough getting into any campgrounds, especially commercial since they tend to rent seasonally. After Labor Day is the best time. Good luck.
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