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‘Outdoorspreneurs’ needed for new business opportunities at Michigan state parks

LANSING, MICH. — Boat rentals, bike rentals, camp stores and food trucks are among the Michigan state park business opportunities currently available to ‘outdoorpreneurs’ through the Department of Natural Resources.

The Michigan DNR this week announced nearly two dozen concessionaire opportunities at state parks spanning from Detroit to the western Upper Peninsula. These concessionaire businesses offer goods and services not provided by state park staff, and are instead contracted to outside partners.

Lori Green, concession and lease manager for the DNR, said that operating a state park concessions service includes perks like not paying property taxes and, in many cases, built-in infrastructure.

Green also said that the DNR is always open to new ideas for concessions at state parks. A new map tool on the DNR’s concessions bidding information website now allows potential partners to see the locations of concessions already operating in a particular state park, to find out

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