For Immediate Release
View photos of state park campsites before
Beginning Nov. 3, state park campers who make reservations
on the new, improved central reservation system (CRS)
website, administered by the Department of Natural Resources
(DNR), can view one or more photos of each campsite prior to
making their reservations.
"With the existing reservation system website, customers
read descriptive text about the campsite to determine if
it's sunny, shady, flat or elevated," said Christa
Sturtevant-Good, DNR central reservation system liaison.
"While text descriptions will remain, altered slightly to an
easier-to-read format, campers can also look at between one
to three photos of every site, and then visually decide if
that campsite has all the features they're looking for."
The photos will be shown as smaller thumbnail images which,
when clicked on, open to a larger size in a new window.
"In this way, viewers can see the site up close," said Anna
Sylvester, DNR Parks and Recreation field operations chief
for northern Michigan. "Often campers wonder where the fire
pit or electrical box is located on the site, but they can't
tell this just by reading text. These features are shown in
most photos, allowing campers to determine if the location
of campsite elements will meet their camping needs."
The addition of campsite and lodging photos is a
customer-driven enhancement made available through the new
CRS provider, Camis USA, Inc., which has a call center in
Ann Arbor, Mich., and servers in Southfield, Mich. The new
reservation system becomes active in early November, with
important transitions taking place as the activation
During the transition phase to the new CRS, customers can
continue to make reservations through Oct. 30 using the call
center. The phone number, 1-800-44-PARKS, will remain
unchanged. Reservations through the website,
www.midnrreservations.com, will be possible until Oct.
22 at 8 p.m., when the website will taken down to begin the
transition process to the new website. The address will not
Important transition dates include:
Oct. 22-31: Website reservations cannot be made. The call
center will remain active through Oct. 30, taking
reservations for dates through Oct. 31, 2013.
Oct. 25: The new reservation website goes live.
Although reservations cannot yet be made on the website,
customer profiles can be created and viewers can
navigate the site to create familiarity.
Oct. 31: Reservations cannot be made. State parks can
register walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nov. 1: The new CRS system, both the website and the
call center, opens to state park lodging, which
typically has a one-year reservation window (camper
cabins, mini-cabins, rustic cabins, yurts and modern
lodges). Reservations for these facilities can now be
made for dates after Oct. 31, 2013. >From Nov. 1-2,
campsites and slips are not reservable. During this
time, campsites and slips are available at the facility
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nov. 3: The system opens to facilities with a
six-month reservation window. These include campsites at
state parks and select state forest campgrounds and
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 to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
There’s a hook outside my office window that held the
hummingbird feeder. Now, as I look at the empty hook I see
another creature of nature is making use. A spider web hangs
on the hook. It’s not the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, but
could be one of the most unusual in architecture. A misty
fog came through this morning that I thought would break the
spider’s creation, but it’s still there.
I wonder what winter will bring to the hook? Look for that
story in the spring.
Next, I looked outside under the feeder to see a blue jay
and a dove. Usually each will be with a mate if not two or
three pair, but these were alone. Yesterday I found a muffle
of feathers on the ground not far from the feeder. I wonder
if that hawk that perches on the light pole across the
street finally got his dinner. And I wonder was it the dove
or the jay that lost its mate? That always makes me sad, but
yes, the circle of life happens.
There’s also a white toad that I swear comes to our house
every fall. He was waiting on the porch when I returned
home. He was right in my path so I stepped around him to
open the door. When he finally hopped it was just to the
edge of the porch, like he was determined he wasn’t jumping
off. The next thing I knew it was pouring rain and he was
still undercover. I’m sure toads can sense when the rain is
coming, but now I wonder: do they like to get wet?
So that led me to another “wondering;” what’s the difference
between a frog and a toad? Frogs like to get wet.
Paul caught this cute guy who looks like he’s getting a
bubble bath on Sapphire Lake. I do wonder why the lake foams
So what’s happening outside your window? What about your
front porch or bird feeder? What do you wonder? Keep in
touch over the winter so we can wonder together.
Kathy Salvatore ~ Publisher