Concession opportunities available in Michigan state parks

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced opportunities for operating concessions to provide goods and/or services in Michigan state parks.

Those interested may visit the state of Michigan’s website for a list of current opportunities. Click on Open Bids, then choose Miscellaneous Commodities and Services from the Show Bids for Category drop-down menu.

Concessionaires should have prior business experience and adequate working capital to fund the concession.

“Concessionaires are vital to ensuring that a wide variety of goods and services are available to our customers,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “We view our concessionaires as partnerships and appreciate the value they add to outdoor recreational experiences in our state parks and harbors.”

The DNR currently is seeking operators for the following locations:

Burt Lake State Park store.
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park lighthouse tour and lighthouse store.
Grayhaven State Harbor watercraft rentals.
Otsego Lake State Park mooring post rentals.
The DNR will make arrangements to visit the concession site with interested bidders. Bid lettings are set for each of these concessions and continue to be set for opportunities that become available. Concessionaires have the ability to enter into a contract for up to seven years.

Interested vendors are encouraged to periodically check the website for updated opportunities. Registering as a vendor isn’t required; however, registrants can sign up to receive automatic notification of new concession bids.

For more information, contact Lori Ruff at 989-275-5151, ext. 2006 or