Interlochen State Park
|Interlochen State Park|
|Location||Green Lake Township, Grand Traverse County, Michigan,USA|
|Nearest city||Interlochen, Michigan|
|Area||187 acres (76 ha)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
Interlochen State Park is the State of Michigan's first officially recognized state park. Situated between two freshwater lakes (Green Lake and Duck Lake), it is a popular camping destination. It was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1917; $60,000 was paid for the land. Originally named Pine Park, the 187-acre (76 ha) public park was created to preserve for future generations the virgin pine (Pinus strobus) stand. It is one of the few easily reached places in Michigan where old-growth (pre-European settlement) red pine can be found.
Also popular at Interlochen State Park is the Three Discipline Triathlon Event hosted each July.
Facilities and activities
- Fishing. Bass, pike and bluegill can be found in both lakes during the summer months. Smelt and pike are favorites of anglers who like ice fishing.
- Picnic area
- Picnic shelter. One picnic shelter is available for rent.
- Boating. Three launches are maintained in the park. Each loop of the campground on Duck Lake has an access site, and the third is located in the rustic campground on Green Lake.
- Interlochen State Park - Michigan DNR
- Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas) - Interlochen State Park
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