Early State Parks
By the end of World War I, with the rapid growth of the recreation industry in Michigan, a need for a state-wide park system had arisen. In 1919 the State Park Commission was established. D. H. Day State Park, honoring the commission's chairman was the first park that it set up. When state parks were transferred to the Conservation Department in 1921 over twenty other sites had been acquired, most of them like D. H. Day State Park, beautifully located on lake shores.