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When the transition period ends Feb. 10, the DNR will begin phasing in requirement of the Recreation Passport for vehicles entering Belle Isle. The Passport – $11 for resident vehicles, $5 for resident motorcycles – can easily be purchased when a driver renews his or her license plate registration through Secretary of State, or can be bought at the park.

Belle Isle and beyond

In addition to Belle Isle, the Recreation Passport gets the holder’s vehicle into all state forest campgrounds, boat launches, trailhead parking, and Michigan state parks and recreation areas, including many – Bald Mountain Recreation AreaDodge 4 State ParkHighland Recreation AreaIsland Lake Recreation AreaMaybury State Park,Milliken State ParkProud Lake Recreation Area and Sterling State Park – in the metro Detroit area.

The Recreation Passport applies only to vehicles – not individuals. Pedestrians, bicyclists and those using public transportation can enter Belle Isle for free and will not need the Passport. Learn more about this creative way to sustain Michigan’s state parks and outdoor recreation opportunities at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

Log on to www.belleislepark.org for more information on the transition of Belle Isle to Michigan’s 102nd state park.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go towww.michigan.gov/dnr.

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