A new National Park Service report highlights the benefit Michigan's national parks have on its economy.
The report states that nearly 2 million people visited Michigan's national parks, spending $166.4 million and supporting more than 2,547 jobs in the state.
"The national parks of Michigan attract millions of visitors a year from across the country and around the world," says Patricia Trapp, acting director of NPS's Midwest Region, which includes Michigan and 12 other states. "This new report confirms that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for everyone $1 invested in the National Park Service."
The national parks located in Michigan are Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and River Raisin National Battlefield Park.
The spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The full 2013 Visitor Spending Effects Report can be found here.