Sunday, December 31, 2023

 Resident Recreation Passport fee to increase slightly next year to $14

 Starting next year, Michigan residents will pay $14 for the Recreation Passport – just a dollar more for a year’s worth of vehicle access to state parks and recreation areas and a host of other state-managed outdoor destinations. The moderate fee change is the result of a statutory provision that ensures Recreation Passport funding keeps pace with the economy. Basically, the law says that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources does not determine the cost of the Recreation Passport; instead, adjustments are based on the Detroit Consumer Price Index, as determined by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Recreation Passport is valid for 12 month when

purchased at time of license plate registration renewal

through the Secretary of State. Although some residents

have already received their registration renewal notices

(reflecting the old fee), the new rate takes effect Jan. 1 for

all in-person and online transactions.

There's a $5 convenience fee (except for Belle Isle Park)

when the Recreation Passport is not purchased at the time of

license plate registration renewal through the Secretary of

State, and is instead purchased at a state park or recreation


The nonresident Recreation Passport fee annual pass also

will increase slightly, from $39 to $40, but the nonresident

daily pass will stay at $11.

The monies generated by the Recreation Passport goes

into a restricted fund that supports state park infrastructure

and operations, a local grant program for community

recreation agencies, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized

pathways and trails, cultural and historic resource

restoration, and marketing and promotion.

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