Craig Lake State Park
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|Craig Lake State Park|
Baraga County, Michigan
|Nearest city||Nestoria, Michigan|
|Area||10.91 mi² (28.26 km²)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
Craig Lake State Park is a remote state park in the state of Michigan. Located in Baraga County on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, this 6,983-acre (28.26 km2) tract of wilderness was at one time owned by the Miller Brewing family. By the late 1960s, it was acquired by the state of Michigan.
The land contains several lakes accessible only by foot or paddle. It offers fishing and beautiful scenery.
Rustic camping is available to those who are willing to hike in along the many backpacking trails.
Craig's Lake was rehabilitated by youth volunteers in the mid 1970s. At that time, access to the area was even more restrictive than now, requiring transit of miles of rocky trails barely traversable by jeep. One of the many tasks assigned to the volunteers involved building steps in trails with wood logs preserved in a fungicide commonly used at the time, which is no longer in use. Less than one year after exposure during his time as a volunteer, James Herman Kienitz of Chase, Michigan, developed signs of cleaved cell, non-Hodgins lymphoma, a cancer of 100% mortality at that time. Kienitz eventually succumbed to his disease in August 1977.
Facilities and activities
- Hunting: The park is open to hunting from mid-September until the end of March.
- Hiking: Trails are rugged. An eight-mile loop encompasses Craig Lake. The park also has a 7.5 mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
- Cross-country skiing: Trails are ungroomed.
- Fishing: Muskellunge and northern pike are found in Craig Lake, pan fish in Teddy Lake.
- "Craig Lake State Park". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- Craig Lake State Park - Michigan DNR
- Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas) - Craig Lake State Park
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