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Michigan State Parks and Forests



Albert E. Sleeper State Park
Algonac State Park
Aloha State Park
Bald Mountain Recreation Area
Baraga State Park
Bay City State Recreation Area
Bewabic State Park
Brighton Recreation Area
Brimley State Park
Burt Lake State Park
Cambridge State Historic Park
Charles Mears State Park
Cheboygan State Park
Clear Lake State Park
Craig Lake State Park
Dodge #4 State Park
Duck Lake State Park
F. J. McLain State Park
Fayette State Historic Park
Fishermen's Island State Park
Fort Custer Recreation Area
Fort Wilkins State Historic Park
Grand Haven State Park
Grand Mere State Park
Harrisville State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park
Hayes State Park
Highland Recreation Area
Hoeft State Park
Holland State Park
Holly Recreation Area
Indian Lake State Park
Interlochen State Park
Ionia Recreation Area
Island Lake Recreation Area
J. W. Wells State Park
Lake Gogebic State Park
Lake Hudson Recreation Area
Lakeport State Park
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park
Leelanau State Park
Ludington State Park
Maybury State Park
McLain State Park
Mears State Park
Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area
Muskallonge Lake State Park
Muskegon State Park
Negwegon State Park
Newaygo State Park
North Higgins Lake State Park
Onaway State Park
Orchard Beach State Park
Ortonville Recreation Area
Otsego Lake State Park
P. H. Hoeft State Park
P. J. Hoffmaster State Park
Palms Book State Park
Petoskey State Park
Pinckney Recreation Area
Pontiac Lake Recreation Area
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Port Crescent State Park
Proud Lake Recreation Area
Rifle River Recreation Area
Sanilac Petroglyphs State Historic Site
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Seven Lakes State Park
Silver Lake State Park
Sleeper State Park
Sleepy Hollow State Park
South Higgins Lake State Park
Sterling State Park
Straits State Park
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tawas Point State Park
Thompson's Harbor State Park
Traverse City State Park
Twin Lakes State Park
Van Buren State Park
Van Riper State Park
W. C. Wetzel State Park
W. J. Hayes State Park
Wagner Falls State Park
Warren Dunes State Park
Warren Woods State Park
Waterloo Recreation Area
Wells State Park
Wilderness State Park
William Mitchell State Park
Wilson State Park
Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Young State Park

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Duck Lake State Park features a towering sand dune and ideal water sports.
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Duck Lake State Park features a towering sand dune and ideal water sports.
Description - When French fur traders first arrived in Michigan, towering forests, vast wetlands and pristine rivers stretched all the way from the shores of Lake Erie to the western Upper Peninsula. Since that time, these resources have spawned and sustained industries that provided jobs and the raw materials used to build America. Although human activities have changed the complexion of the land, Michigan is still a state of natural wonder.

Attractions - Michigan has been blessed with a great abundance of wildlife and natural resources and has long been known throughout the country as a destination for outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing and boating. Diverse habitats, splendid scenery, healthy waters, and dense forests attract tourists year round.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities within Michigan's State Parks and State Forests include camping, hiking, fishing, picnicking, boating and sightseeing. Many outdoor enthusiasts also pursue mountain biking, wildlife watching, waterskiing, horseback riding, nature study, and sailboarding. Cold winter weather enthusiasts embrace ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and lounging around a warm crackling fire.

Climate - This state normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 to 80 degrees F. Nights can be cool in the northern reaches of the state with lows dipping near 50 degrees F. August and September are the wettest months on average. Fall temperatures begin to cool in mid September, which brings a spectacular fall foliage color change. Days are crisp and nights chilly during this time of year. Winters can be brutal in Michigan with lake-effect snows bringing 200 inches of snow to some areas in the Upper Peninsula. Spring reaches the southern regions of the state in late March and a few weeks later in the north. This time of year is also very wet with snow melt and spring rains.

Location - Seven travel regions beset the State Park and State Forest system. Southeast Michigan harbors the most state-operated recreation areas and parks (21) while the largest concentration of parks and forests lie within the most remote, wild, and beautiful region referred to as the Upper Peninsula (17). The West Coast Region, a linear section along the shores of Lake Michigan comprises 14 state parks. Mid Michigan and Saginaw Bay each have 5 parks while Northern Michigan contributes 15 units to the system. The Straits, a scenic and exciting area to visit, contributes 12 parcels.


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Contact Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests, P.O. Box 30257 , Lansing, MI, 48909, Phone: 800-44-PARKS

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Michigan - Michigan is a leading tourist state offering excellent outdoor sports. Aptly nicknamed the Water Wonderland, Michigan juts between several Great Lakes while exhibiting more than 11,000 small lakes.

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.

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