Michigan officials are planning to expand options for pet lovers who may want to bring their favorite companions on camping trips.
Beginning this November, the state's Department of Natural Resources will open some state park cabins and lodges to people traveling with dogs or cats. Leashed pets are currently allowed in campsites, but cannot stay in state-owned facilities.
MLive.com reports that vacationers in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula have long requested to bring pets into cabins. DNR officials say they often see spikes in interest during the fall hunting season when some hunters travel more with their dogs.
Pets will be allowed in the following pilot project sites this fall: Harrisville State Park, Sleepy Hollow State Park, Lime Island State Park, Leelanau State Park and Cheboygan State Park.
State officials plan to evaluate the project after one season.