Geodesic dome cabins will soon be open for reservations at this Michigan state park

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PORT AUSTIN, MICH. – A pair of unusual mansions have sprung up among the typical cabins and campsites of Port Crescent State Park, offering visitors a new option for overnight stays starting this spring.

Two new environmentally friendly geodesic domes were recently added to Michigan’s Thumb as part of an initiative by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to diversify the state park system’s accommodation offering.

In Port Crescent, the initiative also included the addition of several chalets-chalets last summer, plus a new cabin complete with electricity and running water.

Reservations for the geodesic domes and the full cabin will open on Monday, January 18, with overnight stays starting on Friday, May 28.

Port Crescent is the first park in the state to offer the domes, which are billed as a “green” camping option because they require less building materials and require less energy to heat and cool than a typical dwelling.

Each geodesic dome can accommodate four people and includes spruce panels, skylights, windows overlooking Lake Huron, and a kitchenette. There is no running water in both, but the campsite toilets are nearby. Sites include a picnic table and a grill / pit combo. The price is $ 170 per night; a minimum stay of two nights is required.

Domes are provided and paid for by Recreation Resource Management of America, with the state park system receiving a percentage of sales.

Reservations can be made under the Accommodation tab at www.midnrreservations.com.

For more information on geodesic domes, see Port Crescent State Park web page here and on the park’s Facebook page. More information on overnight accommodation in Michigan State Parks can be found here.

Port Crescent is the first state park to offer geodesic dome accommodation. Photo via Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Geodesic domes

An interior view of the geodesic domes at Port Crescent State Park. Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR

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