List of Michigan state parks

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Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

This is a list of Michigan state parks and related protected areas under Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) jurisdiction. The DNR Parks and Recreation Division manages these lands. DNR administers over 100 state parks and also operates 16 state harbors on the Great Lakes. Michigan's 103 state park and recreation areas cover 306,000 acres (124,000 ha) with 14,100 campsites in 142 campgrounds and over 900 miles (1,400 km) of trails.[1] The state parks and recreation areas statewide collectively saw more than 26 million visits in 2016.[2]

Michigan's state parks system was started in 1919. Two Michigan state parks pre-date the creation of the park system in 1919. Michigan's first state park, Mackinac Island State Park, was created in 1895. It had served as the nation's second national park from 1875. In 1909 Michilimackinac State Park was created in nearby Mackinaw City. Both of these parks, along with Historic Mill Creek State Park are under the jurisdiction of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission.

DNR operates 746 boat launches on 57,000 acres (230 km2) of designated public water access sites. It also operates 16 "harbors of refuge" as well as providing support for the other 61 harbors in the system. The harbors of refuge are approximately 30 miles (50 km) apart along the Great Lakes shoreline to provide shelter from storms and often provide boat launches and supplies. There are 11 state underwater preserves covering 2,450 square miles (6,300 km2) of Great Lakes bottomland and ten of them have a maritime museum or interpretive center in a nearby coastal community.[3]

The DNR Parks and Recreation Division also manages 138 state forest campgrounds (including a dozen equestrian campgrounds). The Michigan state game and wildlife areas encompass more than 340,000 acres (1,400 km2). DNR also oversees the trail systems in the state. This includes 880 miles (1,400 km) of non-motorized trails, 1,145 miles (1,800 km) of rail-trails, 3,193 miles (5,100 km) of off-road vehicle (ORV) routes and 6,216 miles (10,000 km) of snowmobile trails.[4]

For a discussion of all protected areas in Michigan under all jurisdictions, see Protected areas of Michigan.

Major parks map[edit]

Map showing many of Michigan's state parks but not state recreation areas or state forests.

State parks[edit]

Name[5] County Size Estab-
Lake / river Image Remarks
acres ha
Algonac State Park St. Clair 1,450 acres 590 ha 1937 St. Clair River Rare savanna lands
Aloha State Park Cheboygan 107 acres 43 ha 1923 Mullett Lake On the Michigan Inland Waterway
Baraga State Park Baraga 56 acres 23 ha 1921 Lake Superior On Keweenaw Bay
Bay City State Park Bay 2,389 acres 967 ha Lake Huron Tobico Marsh.jpg On Saginaw Bay
Belle Isle Park Wayne 982 acres 397 ha 1845 Detroit River JSMFFULL.jpg
Bewabic State Park Iron 315 acres 127 ha 1923 Fortune Lake Bewabic Park c 1940.jpg
Brimley State Park Chippewa 151 acres 61 ha 1923 Lake Superior On Whitefish Bay
Burt Lake State Park Cheboygan 406 acres 164 ha 1920 Burt Lake Burtlakesp.jpg
Cambridge Junction Historic State Park Lenawee 80 acres 32 ha Historic Walker Tavern
Cheboygan State Park Cheboygan 1,250 acres 510 ha 1962 Lake Huron Cheboygan State Park.jpg
Clear Lake State Park Montmorency 290 acres 120 ha 1966 Clear Lake
Coldwater Lake State Park Branch 400 acres 160 ha 1988 Coldwater Lake
Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park Emmet 37 acres 15 ha Straits of Mackinac Fort Michilimackinac 2.jpg Includes Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Craig Lake State Park Baraga 8,459 acres 3,423 ha 1956 Craig Lake
Dodge #4 State Park Oakland 139 acres 56 ha 1922 Cass Lake Cass Lake (Michigan) boats Wednesdays (514873849).jpg
Duck Lake State Park Muskegon 728 acres 295 ha 1988 Duck Lake
Fayette Historic State Park Delta 711 acres 288 ha 1959 Big Bay de Noc, Lake Michigan
Fisherman's Island State Park Charlevoix 2,678 acres 1,084 ha Lake Michigan Fisherman'sIslandStatePark.jpg
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park Keweenaw 711 acres 288 ha 1923 Lake Superior Site of Copper Harbor Light
Grand Haven State Park Ottawa 48 acres 19 ha Lake Michigan Grand Haven Beach.jpg
Grand Mere State Park Berrien 985 acres 399 ha Lake Michigan Grand Mere Beach.jpg
Harrisville State Park Alcona 107 acres 43 ha 1921 Lake Huron Harrisville state park beach 06.jpg
Hartwick Pines State Park Crawford 9,672 acres 3,914 ha 1927 Hartwick Pines State Park.jpg Old-growth white and red pine forest
Hayes State Park Lenawee,
Jackson, Washtenaw
654 acres 265 ha 1920 Wamplers Lake,
Round Lake
Walter J Hayes State Park Michigan pinic area on Wamplers Lake.JPG
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Cheboygan 625 acres 253 ha Historic Mill Creek Michigan.jpg
Hoeft State Park Presque Isle 301 acres 122 ha 1922 Lake Huron Hoeft St Park - BeachLifeBoat.jpg
Hoffmaster State Park Muskegon,
1,100 acres 450 ha Lake Michigan Sand dunes at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (8741881328).jpg
Holland State Park Ottawa 617 acres 250 ha 1926 Lake Macatawa,
Lake Michigan
Holland State Park.jpg
Indian Lake State Park Schoolcraft 847 acres 343 ha 1932 Indian Lake
Interlochen State Park Grand Traverse 187 acres 76 ha 1917 Green Lake,
Duck Lake
Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park Grand Traverse 47 acres 19 ha Lake Michigan On Grand Traverse Bay
Lake Gogebic State Park Gogebic 1,329 acres 538 ha 1930 Lake Gogebic Boardwalk at Lake Gogebic State Park (29940616062).jpg
Lakeport State Park St. Clair 565 acres 229 ha 1946 Lake Huron
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park Alger 960 acres 390 ha Laughing Whitefish River
Leelanau State Park Leelanau 1,350 acres 550 ha 1964 Lake Michigan Sunset frm Grand Traverse Lighthouse.jpg
Little Presque Isle State Park[6] Marquette 0 acres 0 ha 2010s Lake Superior
Ludington State Park Mason 5,300 acres 2,100 ha Lake Michigan Ludington State Park Fall 2005 032.jpg
Mackinac Island and Fort Mackinac Historic Park Mackinac 1,800 acres 730 ha 1895 Lake Huron South Parapet, the Fort, Mackinac Isl., Mich (NYPL b12647398-69756).tiff
Maybury State Park Wayne 944 acres 382 ha Maybury State Park Michigan park office.JPG
McLain State Park Houghton 443 acres 179 ha Lake Superior Gfp-michigan-mclain-state-park-full-view-of-the-lighthouse.jpg
Mears State Park Oceana 610 acres 250 ha 1923 Lake Michigan
Meridian-Baseline State Park Ingham,
188 acres 76 ha 1960s
Mitchell State Park Wexford 1,289 acres 522 ha 1919 Lake Mitchell,
Lake Cadillac
Muskallonge Lake State Park Luce 217 acres 88 ha Lake Superior
Muskegon State Park Muskegon 1,233 acres 499 ha Lake Michigan,
Muskegon Lake
Negwegon State Park Alcona, Alpena 591 acres 239 ha 1962 Lake Huron Negwegon State Park.jpg
Newaygo State Park Newaygo 257 acres 104 ha 1966 Hardy Dam Pond
North Higgins Lake State Park Crawford 429 acres 174 ha Higgins Lake
Old Mission State Park[6] Grand Traverse 520 acres 210 ha 1980s Lake Michigan Leased to Peninsula Township and operated as Lighthouse Park
Onaway State Park Presque Isle 158 acres 64 ha 1921 Black Lake Onaway State Park c1930.jpg
Orchard Beach State Park Manistee 201 acres 81 ha 1921 Lake Michigan Orchard Beach State Park.jpg
Otsego Lake State Park Otsego 1,293 acres 523 ha 1920 Otsego Lake
Palms Book State Park Schoolcraft 388 acres 157 ha 1926 Kitch-iti-kipi,
Indian Lake
Kitch raft.jpg
Petoskey State Park Emmet 203 acres 82 ha 1969 Little Traverse Bay
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Gogebic,
59,020 acres 23,880 ha Lake Superior Gfp-michigan-porcupine-mountains-state-park-forest.jpg
Port Crescent State Park Huron 600 acres 240 ha Lake Huron
Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park Sanilac 240 acres 97 ha Little Cass River
Saugatuck Dunes State Park Allegan 1,000 acres 400 ha 1978 Lake Michigan Water and Covered Dune, Looking North, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Michigan.jpg
Seven Lakes State Park Oakland 1,434 acres 580 ha 1992 Big Seven Lake
Silver Lake State Park Oceana 2,936 acres 1,188 ha Lake Michigan, Silver Lake Silver Lake Dunes Michigan 2.jpg Includes Little Sable Point Light
Sleeper State Park Huron 723 acres 293 ha Lake Huron
Sleepy Hollow State Park Clinton 2,678 acres 1,084 ha Lake Ovid
South Higgins Lake State Park Roscommon 1,000 acres 400 ha Higgins Lake Michigan's Higgins Lake.jpg
Sterling State Park Monroe 1,300 acres 530 ha Lake Erie Sterling State Park Michigan pedestrian bridge over lagoon.JPG
Straits State Park Mackinac 181 acres 73 ha Straits of Mackinac Includes Father Marquette National Memorial
Sturgeon Point State Park Alcona 76 acres 31 ha Lake Michigan Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.jpg
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Chippewa,
46,179 acres 18,688 ha Tahquamenon falls lower.jpg
Tawas Point State Park Iosco 183 acres 74 ha Lake Huron P7050019 Tawas Point SP (E Tawas Mich).jpg
Thompson's Harbor State Park Presque Isle 5,109 acres 2,068 ha Lake Huron
Twin Lakes State Park Houghton 175 acres 71 ha Lake Roland Gfp-michigan-twin-lakes-state-park-michigan.jpg
Van Buren State Park Van Buren 400 acres 160 ha Lake Michigan Lake Michigan shore in January.JPG
Van Riper State Park Marquette 1,055 acres 427 ha Lake Michigamme
Warren Dunes State Park Berrien 1,952 acres 790 ha Lake Michigan Warren Dunes.JPG
Warren Woods State Park Berrien 311 acres 126 ha Warrenwoods.jpg
Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve Washtenaw 1,122 acres 454 ha 2017 Watkins Lake
Wells State Park Menominee 678 acres 274 ha Lake Michigan Sunset at J.W. Wells State Park.jpg On Green Bay
Wilderness State Park Emmet 10,512 acres 4,254 ha Lake Michigan Wilderness State Park Michigan.jpg
William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor Wayne 31 acres 13 ha Detroit River Police Boats at Milliken State Park.jpg
Wilson State Park Clare 36 acres 15 ha Budd Lake
Young State Park Charlevoix 563 acres 228 ha Lake Charlevoix Beach Young State Park (9462588806).jpg

State trails[edit]

State recreation areas[edit]

Proud Lake Recreation Area

State forests[edit]

The Au Sable River runs through the Au Sable State Forest

Other sites[edit]

Wagner Falls

Former state park units[edit]


  1. ^ "Michigan Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2018–2022: Public Comment Draft" (PDF). Michigan Department of Natural Resources. August 31, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  2. ^ "A snapshot of 2016 accomplishments" (PDF). Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Michigan's Public Land Base and Outdoor Recreation" (PDF). 2008–2012 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Executive Summary" (PDF). 2008–12 Michigan State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Michigan Department of Natural Resources. October 1, 2007. p. 2. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ As listed by Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 2018, except where noted. "Recreation Search". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Not listed by MDNR as of June 2018.

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