Kalamazoo County Parks and Expo Center

Campground Rules


Permits. No person shall occupy a campground site unless he/she has been issued a Campsite Permit by the Staff. A Campsite Permit authorizes an individual(s) to occupy a specified campground site for a single night. A Campsite permit can be renewed so as to permit a person to occupy a Campsite for up to fourteen (14) consecutive nights. A person may renew a Campsite Permit by contacting a Staff person by 11:00 a.m. on the morning of the day the Campsite Permit expires and paying the required fee. A Staff person shall renew the Campsite permit in conformance with these Rules and if the Campsite is available and if the person seeking renewal has complied with these Rules. In cases where a person(s) transfers to another campground site, the total time permitted at the sites shall not exceed, in the aggregate, fifteen (15) consecutive nights.

Permits, Expiration. At the expiration of a Campsite Permit, or any renewal thereof, an individual must vacate his/her assigned campground site and can not occupy another Campground site in a Facility for forty-eight (48) hours.

Permits, Revocation. The Staff shall revoke any Campsite Permit, and direct the person(s) to whom the Permit was issued to leave the Campground area if such person(s) allows his/her assigned campsite area to remain vacant for more than twenty-four (24) hours unless the Staff authorizes the person to leave the campsite vacant.

Permits, Barrier-Free Campsites. Barrier-Free campsites are available for use by persons with mobility impairments. The following provisions apply to the use of Barrier-Free campsites:

  1. Only persons with mobility impairments can reserve Barrier-Free campsites; and
  2. A person wishing to reserve a Barrier-Free campsite must provide the Staff with a "Handicapper Parking Permit" issued by the Michigan Secretary of State (or a comparable office for non-Michigan residents) if their impairment is not readily apparent. In cases where a person's impairment is not readily apparent, and the person does not have a "Handicapper Parking Permit", the person must provide the Staff with written medical documentation of the person's mobility impairment; and
  3. Barrier-Free campsites may be assigned to any person on a first-come, first-served basis. However, Barrier-Free campsites near a restroom-shower building will be held as the last available sites in the Facility. The Barrier-Free campsites held as the last available sites can be rented to any camper if the following conditions are met:
    1. No person(s) with a mobility impairment has reserved the site or appeared to rent the site by 8:00 p.m.; and
    2. The site(s) are rented on a night-by-night basis; and
    3. If, the next morning, a standard campsite becomes available, the person must register with the Staff and move to the standard campsite unless the standard campsite will not accommodate his/her equipment; and
    4. A person can renew a campsite permit for a Barrier-Free campsite on a night-to-night basis until a suitable standard site becomes available.

Campground Occupancy, Equipment. A person shall have the right to place one (1) camping unit on a single individual campground site. A person may place a second camping unit on the campground site if the Staff approves of the placement of the second camping unit. Staff shall have discretion to approve of the placement of a second camping unit if the placement of the unit will not unreasonably burden the campground site=s facilities or the facilities of the campground area.

Campground Unit, Defined. A camping unit means a tent, a trailer, or a vehicle camper.

Registration. A person occupying a campground site must comply with the following provisions:

  1. He/she must register with the Staff as soon as possible after entering a Facility. He/she must also provide the Staff with the license number of all vehicles which will be located at the Campground site. The License number of at least one vehicle must appear on the Campsite Permit.
  2. He/she may only occupy the Campground Site assigned to him/her by the Staff.
  3. After being assigned a Campground Site, he/she shall not transfer to a different Campground Site without the approval of the Staff. A person(s) who desires to transfer to another campground site shall have priority in site selection, of non-reserved campsites, over incoming campers. Only one transfer will be permitted during the effective dates of the Campsite Permit.
  4. He/she shall not place camping equipment upon a Campground Site which is occupied by another camping party.
  5. In Improved Campground Sites, no person shall park or drive a vehicle on the grass. All vehicles must be driven or parked upon designated driveways or in the designated parking lots.

Campsite Permits, Fees. The fee for a Campsite Permit shall be established by the Commission as provided in Section II. A person(s) must pay the Fee before the Staff will issue a Campsite Permit. Fees may be paid through cash, personal check, or traveler's check. Persons using personal checks or travelers checks must present proper identification. Personal checks and travelers checks shall only be made out for the amount of the Permit Fee.

Check-out. All persons must vacate their assigned campsite by 1:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. if Sunday) on the day that their Permit expires. All persons shall leave their assigned campground site in a clean and organized condition. Any person who fails to vacate his/her assigned campground site as required in this section, shall be subject to eviction from the campground site, and shall be charged for an additional night's fee for each portion of a day during which the person remains at the campground site after the expiration of his/her Permit.

Refunds. A person may receive a refund of the unused portion of his/her Campsite fee if the person leaves the campground area before the expiration of the Permit. A person requesting a refund must fill out a "Camping Refund" application form. Refunds will be sent by mail six to eight weeks after the Department receives the "Camping Refund" form.

Reservations. All Campground sites are available to the general public on a "first come-first served" basis, and reservations are encouraged.

A person using or occupying a Campground site must also comply with the following regulations:

  1. He/she shall not leave a minor child unattended, without adult supervision, in a camping area overnight.
  2. A minor child can not register for, nor occupy, a Campground Site unless accompanied by an adult.
  3. Campers, Trailers, Vehicle Campers, and similar facilities which possess lavatories, sinks or toilet facilities must dispose of all waste at a Trailer Dump Station.
  4. No person shall wash clothes, dishes or similar items at an outside faucet or in the sinks in service buildings.
  5. Campfires are permitted only in designated campfire circles or site fire pits between the hours of Dawn and 11:00 p.m.
  6. Visitors to Campground Sites are permitted between the hours of Dawn and 11:00 p.m.
  7. Quiet Hours are between 10:00 p.m. & 7:00 a.m., all visitors must leave campground by 9:00 p.m.


A person who violates any provision of these Rules may be summarily evicted from a Facility by the Staff.

Except as provided in subsection C of this Section, a person who violates these Rules is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $100.00 and the costs of prosecution or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

The operation of a vehicle on a recreational trailway at a time, in a place, or in a manner prohibited by these Rules is also a municipal civil infraction punishable upon conviction by a civil fine not to exceed $500.00.

$5.00 daily vehicle admission
$25.00 annual vehicle pass
$20.00 senior/discount annual vehicle pass

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