Goal: Provide access to outdoor public recreation opportunities

Statewide Strategies

Strategy 1:

Provide and maintain diverse and accessible recreation experiences.  

  • Measurable objective 1: Pilot new recreation experiences in response to emerging trends and to attract new users.
  • Measurable objective 2: Expand and improve the number of hunting and recreational shooting opportunities focusing on safety, accessibility, minimizing conflict and geographic distribution.
  • Measurable objective 3: Prioritize accessibility upgrades and sustainable redevelopment of recreational infrastructure.
  • Measurable objective 4: Consistently deliver recreational experiences and opportunities that visitors define as meeting or exceeding their expectations.

Strategy 2:

Improve public access to inland lakes, rivers, the Great Lakes and connecting waters. (Access includes walk-in, carry-down and trailered boating water access sites and harbor/marina facilities.)

  • Measurable objective 1: Upgrade and develop Great Lakes access.
  • Measurable objective 2: Complete a gap analysis and develop criteria to prioritize water access to inland lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Measurable objective 3: Based on gap analysis, work with partners to improve public access on inland lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Measurable objective 4: Work with partners to provide public access every 5 miles on the Great Lakes.

Strategy 3:

Improve the state trails network using the 2021 DNR Statewide Trails Plan to guide key metrics and priorities.

  • Measurable objective 1: Maintain and develop partnerships to support the state trail network.
  • Measurable objective 2: Work with partners to continue to create sustainable water trails that are geographically dispersed, locally supported and offer an array of experiences.
  • Measurable objective 3: With partners, secure critical linkages to complete the Iron Belle Trail hiking and biking routes between Belle Isle and Ironwood.
  • Measurable objective 4: Develop an interconnected snowmobile trail system on secure permanent easements.
  • Measurable objective 5: Develop regional motorized and nonmotorized trails to close gaps and connect established systems.
  • Measurable objective 6: Link trail users and adjoining communities to form a network of interconnected trails and users.

Strategy 4:

Anticipate and respond to emerging trends in the outdoor recreation industry.  

  • Measurable objective 1: Identify trends in outdoor recreation on state land through analysis of user statistics, user surveys, staff observations and comprehensive planning
  • Measurable objective 2: Through the Michigan Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry and the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council, hold a workshop once per year with industry partners to evaluate new reports and data (for example, Outdoor Industry Association, Bureau of Economic Analysis, retail sales data for outdoor recreation products) and discuss how public lands can adapt to changing uses.  
  • Measurable objective ;3: ;With industry partners, and informed by reports from various sources, pilot new types of outdoor recreation.

Strategy 5:

Increase access to diverse recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all backgrounds, abilities and means.

  • Measurable objective 1: Currently under development

Strategy 6:

Ensure appropriate access to large blocks of DNR-managed public lands to allow for a variety of dispersed recreational opportunities such as hunting, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, mushroom hunting, and bird watching.

  • Measurable objective 1: Complete an analysis to determine the appropriate road density to provide motorized access to state-owned land, while balancing the needs of wildlife and public desire for remote areas having non-motorized access.
  • Measurable objective 2: Prioritize land acquisition efforts on the consolidation of state-owned land in an effort to reduce fragmentation and provide for an array of dispersed recreational uses.

Southern Lower Peninsula

Strategy 1:

Increase access to DNR-managed public lands in those areas identified as deficient through department analysis.  

  • Measurable objective 1: Increase DNR land ownership in identified areas for increased outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resource protection.
  • Measurable objective 2: Support property acquisitions or access development in identified areas of higher population with a low amount of public lands per capita through partnerships and grant funding.

Strategy 2:

Increase access to diverse recreation opportunities in urban areas to residents and visitors of all backgrounds, abilities and means.

  • Measurable objective 1: Continue to strategically invest in Belle Isle Park, Milliken State Park, the Outdoor Adventure Center and the Detroit Riverfront as signature urban recreation spaces and a stimulus for revitalization, leveraging a variety of partnerships and funding sources.
  • Measurable objective 2: Work with partners to establish and develop new parks and green spaces in core urban areas as a tool for urban revitalization.