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By Louie Stout

If you’ve been using a Michigan public access this summer, you’ve probably noticed new signs posted at the ramp indicating that you are now required to have the state’s Recreation Passport Sticker on your license plate to use that site or be ticketed.

Here’s why: In 2018, the Michigan DNR Director issued an order that required passport stickers at most public access sites.

For several years, the state has managed pay sites at some of the larger public boat launches (like Diamond Lake in Cass County).

On weekends and holidays, there is a DNR person there to check your vehicle for the passport sticker which is applied to your license plates. Without it, you must pay the daily fee.

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