Michigan DNR's Recreation Passports increase to $12 in March

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- The price for a Recreation Passport from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is going from $11 to $12, starting March 1, 2020.

The Recreation Passport allows year-round access to state parks and other outdoor recreation activities.

This is the first increase in seven years.

The reason for the increase, is a provision was put in the legislation that created the Recreation Passports.

This provision said the price would go up based on the Consumer Price Index, in order to keep pace with inflation.

"For that $12 when you go and renew your license plate on your car, you get access to 103 state parks, almost 140 state forest campgrounds, boating access sites, trail heads, a whole range of places you can visit,” said John Pepin, DNR Deputy Public Information Officer.

Also the funding that comes back from the Recreation Passports, funds about 26 percent of the Parks and Recreation division to make improvements.

If you do not have a Recreation Passport, you can also purchase one at any state park entrance.

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