Brimley State Park
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|Brimley State Park|
Location within the state of Michigan
Chippewa County, Michigan
|Nearest city||Brimley, Michigan|
|Area||151 acres (60 ha)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
The initial 38 acres (0.15 km2) were a gift from the Village of Brimley, with the remaining area acquired through purchase or exchange. Today, the park consists of 151 acres (0.61 km2) with 237 campsites, hiking trails, a large picnic area, playground, beautiful swimming beach and a picnic shelter that can be rented. Electric and water systems were added in 1947. Brimley State Park is located west of Sault Ste. Marie on the shores of Whitefish Bay, one mile (1.6 km) east of Brimley on 6 Mile Road.
The Straits normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 °F (21 °C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 18 °F (-10 to -8 °C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 – 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.
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Brimley State Park is a seasonal park affording hiking, camping, cabin lodging, swimming, picnicking, a playground, boating and fishing. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers are welcome to use the park in the off-season.
Brimley State Park has a 237-site modern campground as well as a mini-cabin and a beautiful swimming beach on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay. There are three modern bathhouses with hot and cold running water and one accessible unit for those with special needs. Both sunny and shady campsites are available. The campground facilities are open from April 15 to November 5 with no modern toilets during the first and last months. The handicapped accessible mini-cabin, which can sleep four on bunk beds, offers a microwave, small fridge, small heater, charcoal grill, picnic table and fire ring.
Day users will find a very grassy area with picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, picnic shelter and restrooms. The beautiful beach is a favorite summer swimming destination and boasts the warmest swimming in lake superior.
For the boating enthusiast, a launch provides access to Whitefish Bay. The St. Marys River and the Waiska River are a short boat ride from the launch. These waters offer the angler fishing for whitefish, perch, northern pike, bass (fish) and walleye.
An abandoned railroad grade located near the park can be used for hiking. The North Country Trail is within driving distance of the park.
Within the local area visitors can explore Tahquamenon Falls, two national fish hatcheries, Hiawatha National Forest, Mackinac Island State Park, the Tower of History, the Museum Ship Valley Camp, the Soo Locks, the Coast Guard Station, the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge and the Mackinac Bridge. A scenic view of the Canadian highlands can be seen north of the park.
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- Brimley State Park - Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
- Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas) - Brimley State Park