Recreation passport remains a bargain

Bill ParkerThe cost of a Recreation Passport will jump a buck to $11 beginning Jan. 2, 2013. While I have heard from a couple disgruntled readers complaining that the price is on the rise just two years after the program was initiated, most people appreciate the Recreation Passport for the bargain it is.

The Recreation Passport, which is purchased through the Secretary of State office when renewing your automobile registration, allows entry to all of Michigan’s state parks, state recreation areas, state forests, boat launches and trailheads.  That’s almost 400 recreation destinations. Prior to 2010, annual vehicle entry permits for state land and boat ramps cost $24.

But that’s not all the Recreation Passport provides. Over 1,100 Michigan businesses (the list is a work in progress) offer everything from free food and drink, hotel and motel discounts and free greens fees to discounts on guided fly fishing trips, and  hunting and fishing gear, it’s a snap to recoup the $11 spent on the passport.

In addition, passport holders are entitled to participate in nearly all of the DNR’s nationally recognized Recreation 101 program, which is a series of hands-on classes designed to introduce people of all ages to all aspects of outdoor recreation.

The slight increase is based on a statutory requirement built into the legislation that created the Recreation Passport, which states that the cost of the passport must keep up with the price of inflation. State treasurer Andy Dillon evaluates changes in the Consumer Price Index each year and make a recommendation accordingly.

Visit www.michigan.gov/passportperks to learn more about all the perks the Recreation Passport provides.

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