Michigan’s U.P. State Parks: Nature’s playground from dawn to starry night

Need a place to slow down from your hectic life? You’ll find it in the U.P.’s 22 state parks and recreation areas. Breathtaking scenery, acres of wilderness, refreshing solitude and exhilarating adventure make each one a memorable destination. Plan to hike, paddle, fish, swim, mountain bike, boat, ORV or snowmobile, snowshoe, horseback ride, cross-country or downhill ski, or just sit back and relax. See lighthouses, waterfalls and wildlife.

Most of the U.P.’s state parks are open year round. Many fill calendars with family activities and special events for day visitors and campers. All should be on your bucket list to visit.

Did you know? The U.P. is home to Michigan’s:

  • Oldest state park, Mackinac Island State Park. More than 80% of the island is state park property and most of this land remains in its natural state. Access to the park is by foot, bike, rented horse or buggy, sightseeing carriages or horse-drawn taxis. No motorize vehicles or camping are allowed.
  • Largest state park in land mass, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It’s 60,000 acres is one of the few large wilderness areas remaining in the Midwest. Miles of wild rivers and streams, secluded lakes (including a mountain view of Lake of the Clouds), virgin timber, wildlife and waterfalls make this an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Roads are closed Dec. 1 ‘til late spring.
  • Most remote state park, Craig Lake State Park. It’s an adventure just getting to this incredible spot on our planet!  You’ll want to take a vehicle with high-ground clearance to reach this park’s six lakes, numerous ponds and high granite bluffs. The payback for making the effort is a chance to see loons, deer, black bear, beaver and part of Michigan’s moose herd.
  • Michigan’s only brewery within a state park, Tahquamenon Falls Brewing Company in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This park is the land of Longfellow’s Hiawatha. The brewery is just one of this park’s amenities. Its hallmarks are two magnificent waterfalls along the Tahquamenon River, the Upper Falls (one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River) and Lower Falls.

Entrance requirements: Michigan recreation passport or day pass; or non-resident passes

Spend the night beneath a dome of stars: Choose from thousands of campsites or rustic cabins, camper cabins, lodges, yurts and tepee rentals. The U.P. strives to share its beauty with everyone and many of its state parks offer ADA accessible camping options. Like to explore the outdoors, but prefer overnighting with the indoor amenities and comforts of a hotel or bed and breakfast inn? Most U.P. state parks are located within minutes of nearby lodgings.

Campground reservations: Click here, for online reservations or call 800-44PARKS (800-447-2757).

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Brimley State Park

9200 W 6 Mile Rd
Brimley, MI 49715

Phone: (906) 248-3422
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Brimley State Park provides recreational opportunities along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay. O
J W Wells State Park/Cedar River Trail

N7670 State Highway M35
Cedar River, MI 49887

Phone: (906) 863-9747
Website

Located on Green Bay about 30 miles south of Escanaba. Its 678 acres include a three-mile shoreline with beautiful sandy
Lake Gogebic State Park/Forest Trail

N9995 State Highway M64
Lake Gogebic (S), MI 49947

Phone: (906) 842-3341
Website

Located on the edge of an extensive upland area set in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest, Lake Gogebic State Park

7165 Main St
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Phone: (906) 847-3328
(231) 436-4100
E-Mail Address: mackinacparks@michigan.gov
Website

A landscape characterized by high limestone bluffs, beautiful vistas of sparkling water, vibrant forests, and mystical g
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Muskallonge Lake State Park/Hiking Trail

30042 County Road 407
Newberry, MI 49868

Phone: (906) 658-3338
Website

Located 28 miles northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217-acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior
Palms Book State Park

State Highway 149
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2355
Website

Located at the northern terminus of state highway M-149, a 15-minute drive north of US-2 at Thompson. Palms Book is a
Piers Gorge State Park

US Highway 8
Norway, MI 49870

Phone: (800) 236-2447
E-Mail Address: ironmtinfo@gmail.com
Website

Piers Gorge is the most challenging section of whitewater in the Midwest. The Menominee River plummets down a 10 foot wa
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park/Trails

33303 Headquarters Rd
Ontonagon, MI 49953

Phone: (906) 885-5275
Website

On the shores of Lake Superior, Porcupine Mountains contain the Midwest's largest remaining stand of old growth timb
Straits State Park/Main Trail

720 Church St
St Ignace, MI 49781

Phone: (906) 643-8620
Website

Located on Church Street, in the City of St. Ignace, south of US-2. Within the park is a picnic area and an observation
Tahquamenon Falls State Park/Trails

41382 W State Highway M123
Paradise, MI 49768

Phone: (906) 492-3415
Website

Located near Paradise, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, is the second largest state park in Michigan. Tahquamenon Fall Stat
Tahquamenon Rivermouth State Park

Paradise, MI 49768

Phone: (906) 492-3415

Scenic Tahquamenon trail road parallels miles of the Tahquamenon River. Very scenic drive with lookout points. The trail
Twin Lakes State Park/Nature Trail

6204 E Poyhonen Rd
Toivola, MI 49965

Phone: (906) 288-3321
Website

Situated in Michigan's Copper Country located in Houghton County, 15 miles northeast of Mass City and 26 miles south
Van Riper State Park/Trails

851 County Road Ake
Champion, MI 49814

Phone: (906) 339-4461
Website

Contains one-half mile of frontage on Lake Michigamme with a fine sandy beach. There is also one and one-half miles of f
Baraga State Park/Nature Trail

1300 US Highway 41 S
Baraga, MI 49908

Phone: (906) 353-6558
Website

Situated a quarter mile south of Baraga along US-41 and overlooks scenic Keweenaw Bay of Lake Superior. Camping is avail
Bewabic State Park/Nature Trail

720 Idlewild Rd
Crystal Falls, MI 49920

Phone: (906) 875-3324
(800) 447-2757
Website

Fortune Lake, 4 miles west on US-2 A 137-site campground is situated in a shady, wooded site. Most of the sites have
Craig Lake State Park/Trails

851 County Road Ake
Champion, MI 49814

Phone: (906) 339-4461
Website

Craig Lake State Park is the most remote state park in the system. It spans more than 6,900 acres in Baraga County. Crai
Fayette Historic Townsite & State Park/Foot Trail

13700 13.25 Ln
Garden, MI 49835

Phone: (906) 373-1668
(906) 644-2603
Website

Once a bustling industrial community that manufactured charcoal pig iron from 1867 to 1891, Fayette offers visitors the
FJ Mclain State Park/Hiking & Ski Trail

18350 State Highway M203
Hancock, MI 49930

Phone: (906) 482-0278
Website

Situated in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula on beautiful Lake Superior and is centrally located between the cities o
Indian Lake State Park/Trails

89790 W County Road 442
Manistique, MI 49854

Phone: (906) 341-2355
Website

Located on Indian Lake, the fourth largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres. It is six mil
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