Craig Lake State Park

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Craig Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Craig Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Craig Lake State Park
Location in Michigan
LocationSpurr Township
Baraga County, Michigan
Nearest cityNestoria, Michigan
Coordinates46°36′00″N 88°11′15″W / 46.60000°N 88.18750°W / 46.60000; -88.18750Coordinates: 46°36′00″N 88°11′15″W / 46.60000°N 88.18750°W / 46.60000; -88.18750 [1]
Area8,459 acres (3,423 ha)
Elevation1,716 feet (523 m) [1]
Governing bodyMichigan Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteCraig Lake State Park

Craig Lake State Park is a remote public recreation area covering 8,459 acres (3,423 ha) in Baraga County on the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. The state park has several lakes that are accessible only by foot or paddling.[2]


The property was once the private preserve of Fred Miller, president of the Miller Brewing Company. Miller built cabins that are still in use and named three of the area's lakes after his children Teddy, Craig, and Claire. After Miller's death in 1954, the state, which already owned land in the vicinity, was able to purchase more than two thousand additional acres from his estate in 1956.[3][4] The park was rehabilitated by youth volunteers in the mid-1970s.[citation needed]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park's rugged hiking trails include an eight-mile (13 km) loop around Craig Lake and a seven-mile (11 km) stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The park also offers rustic camping, fishing for muskellunge and northern pike, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Craig Lake State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Craig Lake State Park". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Lowe, Ken (June 5, 1970). "Craig Lake State Park to be wilderness area". The Evening News. Sault Ste. Maria, Mich. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Pepin, John (December 1, 2017). "Outdoors provides break from holiday madness". The Mining Journal. Marquette, Mich. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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