Reserving for summer
Nab your spot now in Minnesota and Michigan state parks.
© Beth Gauper
Campsites in Minnesota's Split Rock State Park are the hardest to get.
Warm weather may seem far away, but it's time to reserve your spot in Minnesota and Michigan state parks.
In Minnesota, you have only through Dec. 26 to make any kind of reservation — campsites, camper cabins, cabins and lodges — in the state parks. The state is upgrading its reservation system, and the new one won't launch until March 1.
Since reservations can be made a year in advance, the choicest places on summer weekends already have been taken. But there are plenty of spots left in all seasons, and if you want to avoid the crush on March 1, reserve now.
In Michigan state parks, campsite reservations can be made only six months in advance. That means that all the sites in the Lake Michigan beach parks are available from mid-June. They're 100 percent reservable and extremely popular, so you really have to plan ahead.
For more, see Camping in state parks.