MARQUETTE — The new year is coming and that means if you don’t have a recreational passport for state parks, it could cost you. People are encouraged to buy passports at a reduced rate when renewing their vehicle registration each year.
The cost to buy one with renewed plates is $11, but starting January 1st, if you wait to buy one at a park it will cost you an additional $5, that’s $16.
“Part of the reason we’re doing this is because it will lessen the lengths of lines at parks during the busier times of the year, and we’ve always encouraged people to buy the passport when they’re renewing their license plates. It’s just an easy thing for people to remember too when they’re renewing their plates, that’s the time you can renew your recreation passport,” said John Pepin, Deputy Public Information Officer for the local DNR.
The recreational passport gives access to Michigan’s state parks, trails, historical sites, boat launches, campgrounds and other state–managed outdoor locations.