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Rules governing the use of the Parks, Grounds and Facilities under the jurisdiction of the Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission; to provide for penalties for the violation of said Rules; to provide for the severability of the provisions, parts and sections of said Rules; to repeal all Rules and Ordinances or parts of Rules and Ordinances in conflict herewith; and to provide for an effective date.


The Rules shall be known, and may be cited as, the "Kalamazoo County Parks Rules and Regulations Ordinance". The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners adopts these Rules pursuant to the authority vested in the Board of Commissioners by Act No. 261 of the Public Acts of 1965, as amended, being MCL §46.364; MSA §5.570(114).


  1. Campsite means an individual Improved Campground site or Rustic Campground site.
  2. Campground or Camping Unit means a tent, a trailer, or a vehicle camper.
  3. Commission means the Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission.
  4. County Board means the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners.
  5. Department means the Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Department.
  6. Director means the director of the Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Department.
  7. Facility means the real property and structures under the jurisdiction of the Department including Parks and the County Fairground.
  8. Improved Campground Site means a Campground Site served with electricity, water hook-ups, modern restrooms with showers and trailer dumping station.
  9. Organization Camp means a group of individuals under the age of eighteen (18) years who are members of a legally recognized Organization and are camping within or outside of established campground areas while under adult supervision.
  10. Rustic Campground Site means a campground site served with vault toilets and with water being available in the campground.
  11. Special Event means an organized activity or activities conducted within a Facility which requires the complete or partial closing of the Facility to the general public; which requires restricting the general public's use of the Facility for the duration of the event; and/or which permits only specified activities or events in the Facility for the duration of the Special Event.
  12. Staff means an employee or agent of the Department.
  13. Trailer means a vehicle manufactured and designed to serve as a basic shelter unit and includes, but is not limited to, a tent trailer and a travel trailer.
  14. Vehicle Camper means a motor vehicle manufactured and designed to serve as a basic shelter unit.


  1. Hours of Operation - The Department shall establish the Hours of Operations for all Facilities. A schedule of the Hours of Operation shall be posted at the entrance to all Facilities.
  2. Fees and Charges - The Commission shall establish, by Resolution, the Fees, Charges, to be assessed to individuals and groups for the use of the Facilities and Refund Policies. A Schedule of current Fees, Charges, and Refund Policies shall be posted at the entrance to all Facilities.
  3. Special Events - The Department or the Director shall approve of the use of any facility for a special event. The Department shall also adopt a standard application form, which a person must submit to the Department or the Director in order to hold a Special event.


  1. 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 as assigned by the Staff. A Campsite permit may be issued so as to permit a person to occupy a Campsite for a maximum of 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 site shall not exceed, in the aggregate, fourteen (14) consecutive nights.
  2. Permits, Expiration - Upon 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 that Facility for forty-eight (48) hours. This section shall be in effect each year beginning on the Friday of the Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 "Handicap 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 "Handicap Parking Permit", the person must provide the Staff with written medical documentations 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 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. The site(s) are rented on a night-by-night basis; and
      2. 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
      3. 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.


  1. Campground Occupancy, Equipment - A Campground Site occupancy is limited to immediate family or up to four single persons. A person shall have the right to place one (1) camping unit on a single individual campground site. A person may place a second tent on a Campground Site for related/dependent juveniles.
  2. 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.


  1. Campsite Permits, Fees - The fee for a Campsite Permit shall be established by the Commission as provided in Section III. A person(s) must pay the Fee before the Staff will issue a Campsite Permit. Fees may be paid through cash, personal check, traveler's check, or credit card. Persons using personal checks or travelers checks must present proper identification. Personal checks shall only be made out for the amount of the Permit Fee.
  2. Check-out - All persons must vacate their assigned campsite by 1:00 p.m. on the day that their Permit expires or 3:00 p.m. if Permit expires on a Sunday. 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.
  3. Refunds - A person may receive a refund, in accordance with the policies established by the Commission, unless the person leaves as a result of being evicted from the Campsite for violating Park Rules. 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.
  4. Reservations - Except as provided in paragraph "E" of this Section and of Section IVD., all Campground sites are available to the general public on a first come, first served basis and reservations are not permitted.
  5. Reservations: Campsites can be reserved starting on January 2 of the current year in accordance with policies established by the Commission. Reserved campsites will be available for occupancy by 3:00 p.m. on the date of the reservation. Persons holding reservations must check-in to the Facility by 9:00 p.m. on the date of the reservation. If a person fails to check-in by 9:00 p.m. he/she forfeits the reservation and the Staff can assign the reserved site to another person. A person who forfeits a reservation by checking-in after 9:00 p.m. will be given first choice of available sites. If no other sites are available, the person shall receive a refund as provided in subsection "C" of this section.


A person using or occupying a Campground site must 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 or sewer connection.
  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. Collecting firewood is prohibited.
  6. Visitors to Campground Sites are permitted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  7. Quiet Hours - Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. no person shall create or cause any noise, which unreasonably disturbs the use or enjoyment of the Campground. This provision is in addition to, not in derogation of, the provisions of Section XII (H) of these Rules.
  8. Generators, radios, or other amplified devices shall not be used while Quiet Hours are in effect between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  9. No more than two vehicles are allowed per campsite. Additional vehicles and guest vehicles must be parked in the designated visitor parking lot.


  1. Camping Rallies - Camping Rallies must be scheduled through the Department. A Camping Rally constitutes a Special Event as defined in these Rules.
  2. Organization Camps - An Organization Camp can be located outside of normally established camping areas upon application to, and with the approval of, the Director. An Organization Camp constitutes a Special Event as defined in these Rules.


  1. Picnic Area, Defined - A picnic area means a specific building or grounds designated for use as a picnic area and the grass area immediately surrounding the shelter.
  2. Picnic Area, Reservation - A person or group may reserve a picnic area for the exclusive use of that person or group. A person wishing to reserve a picnic area must complete and submit a Picnic Reservation Permit on a Form approved by the Department, and pay any required reservation fee within two (2) weeks of making the reservation or on the picnic date, whichever is earliest.
  3. Picnic Area, Daily Admission Fee - The Picnic Area Reservation fee does not include any other applicable fees such as daily admission fees.
  4. Picnic Areas, Non-Reserved - Non-Reserved picnic areas are available to the public on a first come first served basis.
  5. Picnic Areas, Placement of Equipment - No person shall place picnic equipment or supplies upon any picnic table, which is occupied by another person(s).


  1. A person who possesses or consumes alcoholic beverages within a Facility must comply with all applicable Federal, State and local rules and regulations pertaining to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  2. No person shall sell alcoholic beverages in any facility except upon the Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground. The sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Expo Center & Fairground must also comply with the provisions of Section XI of these Rules.
  3. Possession and/or use of alcoholic beverages within the posted limits of beach areas is prohibited.
  4. Keg beer is not allowed except between the hours of 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m with a Picnic Area Reservation.


  1. No person, firm or corporation shall sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground unless the person, firm or corporation receives written authorization from the Commission to sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at the Expo Center & Fairground.
  2. No alcoholic beverages may be sold, possessed or consumed at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairgrounds except in connection with an approved Special Activity. A private party does not constitute an approved Special Activity. For purposes of this section, a Private Party includes, but is not limited to, a wedding reception, retirement party, fraternal organization party, or other similar activity.
  3. The Commission shall not grant written authorization to any person, firm or corporation to sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground unless such person, firm or corporation agrees to comply with the following rules and regulations:
    1. The sale of alcohol must take place only in the Auditorium (Room A), Exhibition Hall (Room E) or the Hazel Gray Building.
    2. In addition to any other insurance requirements imposed by the Commission, a person intending to dispense or sell alcohol shall provide to the Director, at least ten (10) days before the first rental date, a certificate of insurance providing for liquor liability of not less than one million ($1,000,000.00) dollars. The certificate of insurance must also identify the County, Commission and their respective agents, employees, officers and representatives as additional insured under the policy and the policy must provide that it can not be canceled unless ten (10) days written notice of the cancellation is provided to the County and Commission. Any language in the cancellation clause of the insurance policy which states, "endeavor to"; "failure to mail such notice shall impose no obligation or liability of any kinds upon the company"; or similar language, shall be stricken from the policy.
    3. A person intending to dispense or sell alcohol shall provide to the Director the following information at least ten (10) days before the first rental date:
      1. The estimated number of people who will attend the event; and
      2. The method used to invite people to the event, i.e. open invitation to the public, restricted invitations, etc; and
      3. The method of controlling the dispensing of alcohol during the event (e.g. tickets, etc); and
      4. Any other information requested by the Director which the Commission, County Board or Director requires to determine if the event meets the provisions of these Rules and can be conducted in a safe manner.
  4. All persons consuming, possessing or selling alcohol shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws pertaining to the consumption, possession or sale of alcohol.
  5. A person(s) who is responsible for dispensing, providing or supplying alcohol during a Special Activity shall arrange for the following security measures during the entire length of the Special Activity:
    1. There shall be at least two (2) uniformed professional security officers in any room where alcohol is served or consumed; and
    2. There shall be at least one (1) uniformed professional security officer stationed at each Fairground's entrance used during the Special Activity, and at least one (1) uniformed professional security officer patrolling the Fairground, if Alcohol is to be consumed at the Expo Center & Fairground during the Special Activity; and
    3. The County Board, Commission or Director can require the person(s) responsible for dispensing, providing or supplying alcohol during the Special Activity to arrange for the presence and deployment of uniformed professional security officers in excess of the minimum standards set forth in subparts I-iii of this Section whenever the County Board, Commission or Director has reason to believe that the minimum standards are inadequate for the size or nature of a Special Activity; and
    4. Provide the Director with written documentation at least forty-five (45) days prior to the first date of the Special Activity, demonstrating that the person(s) has made arrangements for providing the uniformed professional security officers required by these Rules.
  6. Uniformed professional security officers will be responsible for assuring that only invited guests attend the Special Activity; that the persons attending the Special Activity comply with Federal, State and local liquor control laws; to ensure that alcohol is consumed only in approved areas; and to serve as crowd control.
  7. A person responsible for conducting a Special Activity, which includes the consumption, possession or sale of alcohol, shall also provide the Commission with references and locations of where they have held similar events.
  8. The County Board, Commission or Director may impose additional conditions upon the Special Activity which the County Board, Commission or Director determine are necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of persons using the Facility.


The following regulations apply to all persons using any Facility and are in addition to, not in derogation of, any other provision of these Rules.

  1. Facilities are to be used on a first come-first serve basis unless these Rules specifically permit the reserving of such Facilities.
  2. Watercraft may only be launched from designated boat launch areas and must comply with all Federal, State and local laws, including Department Regulations, which govern the operation of watercraft. (Additional Information: Boat ramps are located at Cold Brook, Prairie View, and River Oaks. Boating is not permitted at Markin Glen or Scotts Mill.)
  3. Swimming is allowed only in designated areas and all swimmers must comply with applicable State and department laws, rules and regulations.
  4. Motor vehicles and non-motorized vehicles must be driven and parked only in designated areas. Except that one-person motorized vehicles designed and used to provide a disabled person with access to a Facility may be operated on grass areas.
  5. No person shall remain in, or enter onto, a Facility before or after the posted closing hour of the Facility unless so authorized by these Rules.
  6. No person shall enter onto the County Fairground after nightfall unless participating in a scheduled event unless so authorized by these Rules.
  7. No person shall possess or consume any controlled substance the possession or consumption of which constitutes a crime under Federal, State or local law.
  8. No person shall engage in any violent, abusive, boisterous, loud, illegal, obscene or similar disorderly conduct, which unreasonably interferes with another person's use or enjoyment of a Facility.
  9. No person shall use a loudspeaker, public address system or sound amplifying equipment of any kind within or upon Commission property without a written permit issued by the Commission or its representative.
  10. No person shall remove, injure, deface, disturb, befoul nor in any manner destroy any part of any Facility, sign, structure, equipment, utility or other property, injure or destroy any trees, flowers, shrubs, plant or growing thing, whether alive or dead, or any rock, or mineral.
  11. No person shall kill, trap, hunt, pursue or in any manner disturb any bird or animal within any Facility without the written permission of the Commission or Director. The Commission may designate limited areas in which waterfowl hunting will be permitted in accordance with the laws of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and any additional rules established by the Commission. Fishing will be permitted in accordance with the laws of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in such areas designated for such purposes.
  12. All motor vehicles operated within a Facility shall comply with all applicable provisions of Act No. 300, P.A. of 1949, as amended, being the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.
  13. No person shall operate a snowmobile, ATV, ORV, mini-bike, go-cart, golf cart or similar motorized device in any Facility without the written consent of the Department. Except motorized devices designed for, and used to, provide disabled persons with access to a Facility may be used without the written consent of the Department.
  14. Twenty-five miles per hour (25 MPH) is the maximum permitted speed for all motor vehicles operated within a Facility unless posted otherwise.
  15. No person shall start or maintain a fire except in a picnic stove or other area specifically approved and designated for the starting and maintaining of a fire.
  16. No person shall have in their possession or control any slingshot, bow and arrow, BB Gun, paint ball gun, fireworks or explosives within any parks except by prior written permission of the Commission.
  17. No person shall discharge any rifle, shotgun, pellet gun, air rifle, pistol, or other firearm in any park for any reason, provided that this rule shall not apply to any law enforcement officer acting in the course of his or her employment. Violations or criminal offenses involving the transportation, possession, brandishing or discharge of pistols, other firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms on County park property shall be prosecuted in accordance with local ordinance or state law.
  18. No person shall fly, or use any fuel-powered engine, or jet-type, or electric-powered model aircraft, boat, rocket, or like powered toys or model, except at those areas designated or posted by the Commission or Director for such use, in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission.
  19. No person shall post, paste, fasten, or affix any placard, bill, notice or sign within a Facility except for a temporary directional sign for picnics or Special Events. Temporary directional signs must be removed at the conclusion of the Special Event. Temporary directional signs must not mar, damage or stain any portion of a Facility.
  20. Peddling, hawking, soliciting, begging, advertising or carrying on of a business or commercial enterprise is prohibited in all Facilities except in connection with a special event. Such activities must be directly related to the Special Event occurring at the Facility and may only occur during the Special Event; with the prior approval of the Department.
  21. No person shall deposit or abandon any litter, garbage, sewage, refuse, trash, waste or similar material in any Facility except in receptacles, pits or areas designated for such purposes. No person shall remove such material from any receptacle, pit or area. No person shall deposit such material in a receptacle, pit or area if the material was generated outside the geographical boundaries of the Facility.
  22. No person shall lead, ride or cause a horse or other livestock to be upon any property administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Commission except where organized activities are permitted with Department approval.
  23. Domestic pets, except for animals trained and utilized to aid a handicapped person, are not permitted on any beach or designated area(s) within a Facility. Domestic pets are permitted in other areas of Facilities provided that the domestic pet is kept on a leash.
  24. No person shall make any ascent or any non-emergency descent in any balloon, helicopter, parachute, airplane, or aircraft of any kind, from or to any land or waters administered by or under the jurisdiction of the Commission.
  25. All persons using the facilities shall comply with the lawful commands, directions and orders of the Staff.


Special use areas will have posted Commission Rules and Regulations specific to the area's use and users conduct. Areas include but not limited to: beaches, dog parks, disc golf course, designated model airplane fields, etc.


All Facilities are located within Kalamazoo County and also within a local unit of government such as a city, township or village. Some activities which the Commission permits within a particular Facility may be subject to regulation under the Ordinances of the local unit of government in which that Facility is located. All activities within a Facility must comply with these Rules and all ordinances of the local unit of government in which that Facility is located.


  1. A person who violates any provision of these Rules, in addition to any other penalties provided for in this Section, may be summarily evicted from a Facility by the Staff.
  2. 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.
  3. The operation of a vehicle on a recreational trailway at a time, in a place, or in a manner prohibited by these Rules is a municipal civil infraction. A civil fine ordered for a municipal civil infraction described in this subsection shall not exceed $500.00. An act or omission described in this subsection is not a municipal civil infraction if that act or omission constitutes a violation or crime that is excluded from the definition of municipal civil infraction in section 113 of the revised judicature act of 1961, Act No. 236 of the Public Acts of 1961, being section 600.113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.


The provisions of these Rules are hereby declared to be severable and should any provision, section or part thereof be declared invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall only affect the particular provision, part or section thereof involved in such decision and shall not affect or invalidate the remainder of these Rules which shall continue in full force and effect.


All Rules and Ordinances and parts of Rules and Ordinances in conflict with the provisions of these Rules are hereby repealed.

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

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