Van Riper State Park

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Van Riper State Park
Map showing the location of Van Riper State Park
Map showing the location of Van Riper State Park
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Marquette County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Ishpeming, Michigan
Coordinates 46°31′26″N 87°59′03″W / 46.52389°N 87.98417°W / 46.52389; -87.98417Coordinates: 46°31′26″N 87°59′03″W / 46.52389°N 87.98417°W / 46.52389; -87.98417
Area 1,044 acres (422 ha)
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources
http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=430&type=SPRK

Van Riper State Park is a 1,044-acre (4.22 km2) park located in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan, 17 miles (27 km) west of Ishpeming on US-41. It lies partly in Michigamme Township and partly in Champion Township, both in Marquette County. The park has about 1.5-mile (2.4 km) of frontage along the eastern shores of Lake Michigamme, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of frontage along the shores of the Peshekee River.

It provides many services, to include:

  • Hunting
  • Watchable wildlife
  • Playground facilities for children
  • Restroom facilities
  • Indoor environment simulation
  • Beach house
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobile Area
  • ATV Area
  • Boating access site/launch
  • Fishing
  • On-site Taxidermist
  • Concession store
  • Cross Country skiing
  • Metal detecting areas

History[edit]

This park is named after Dr. Paul Van Riper, who practiced medicine in the area for most of his 91 years, and was involved in the local politics of the region.

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