GRAND HAVEN STATE PARK TESTS NEW RESERVATION POLICY|
LANSING--Grand Haven State Park, one of Michigan's most popular state parks, will test a pilot reservation policy in 2002 that limits the number of camping reservations a person can make each time they call the DNR's toll-free central reservation system.
Grand Haven, which has 174 campsites, hosted nearly 80,000 campers last year. According to Parks and Recreation Bureau Operations Unit Manager Harold Herta, such a high volume of camping at one location can cause unfair competition for the limited number of camping sites.
Under the new policy, callers making a reservation to camp at Grand Haven will be limited to two reservations per call. This means each caller may reserve a site only for themselves and for one other party, or for a second date for themselves.
"We believe this change will raise the satisfaction level of those campers who try every year to camp at Grand Haven and have been unable to book a reservation," Herta said. "It will allow more interested campers the opportunity to experience Grand Haven for the first time."
Campers wishing to make a campground reservation at a Michigan state park or recreation area can do so six months in advance of the date they wish to arrive. Camping reservations can be made by calling 800-44-PARKS, or by going online at www.michigan.gov. Callers may place reservations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online reservations may be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week