Michigan June 26, 2017
9 Lesser-Known State Parks In Michigan That Will Absolutely Amaze You
When it comes to outdoor exploration, Michigan is overflowing with state parks and other recreational areas to explore. Some of these parks are household names: Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Holland State Park, Tawas Point… the list continues. But many of Michigan’s state parks are lesser known, and you’ll want to discover them for yourself. Here are nine amazing outdoor areas to check out in the Great Lakes State.
1. Duck Lake State Park (3560 Memorial Dr, Muskegon)
This delightful spot can be found near North Muskegon, stretching from — you guessed it — Duck Lake to the shores of Lake Michigan. You’ll find ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, whether you’re fishing, hiking, or taking a dip in the cool waters of our beloved "Big Lake."
2. Lakeport State Park (7605 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeport)
Explore the beauty of Lake Huron with a visit to Lakeport State Park, which can be found near the village of Lakeport. Two campgrounds call this state park home, both of which offer unparalleled access to the waterfront. With 250 campsites to choose from, we promise you’ll have a blast here.
3. Orchard Beach State Park (2064 Lakeshore Rd, Manistee)
Catch breathtaking views of the Lake Michigan shoreline when you check out Orchard Beach State Park, which sits atop a bluff near Manistee. Whether you’re camping, spending a day on the beach, or simply making a stop to take in the scenery, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with this unique state park.
4. William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (1900 Atwater St, Detroit)
Did you know that there’s a gorgeous state park tucked away just steps from downtown Detroit? Milliken State Park is situated beautifully along the Detroit Riverfront, offering Motor City residents and visitors unparalleled access to a natural oasis. Take a walk along the river, toss in your fishing line, or enjoy a picnic lunch — then head back to the city and watch the Tigers play!
5. Wilson State Park (912 N 1st St, Harrison)
Located near the town of Harrison, Wilson State Park features 36 acres of land to explore. Take a stroll with loved ones through the park’s many forested trails or cool off along the shores of Budd Lake. It might not be the most famous state park in Michigan, but it’s certainly one of the most wonderful.
6. Van Buren State Park (23960 Ruggles Rd, South Haven)
If you find yourself in West Michigan, a visit to Van Buren State Park is in order. Located just a few miles from downtown South Haven, this natural oasis offers dune land, plenty of waterfront access on Lake Michigan, and a delightful campground. There’s no better place to spend a Michigan weekend.
7. Algonac State Park (8732 N River Rd, Marine City)
Travel to Michigan's east coast for a visit to Algonac State Park, which prides itself on viewing access to some of the state’s most fascinating freighters. Watch as these incredible boats make their way along the shores of the St. Clair River and appreciate plenty of flora and fauna throughout the park.
8. Twin Lakes State Park (6204 E Poyhonen Road, Toivola)
This stunning locale in the Upper Peninsula sits in the heart of Michigan’s copper country, and you simply must visit at least once in your lifetime. With approximately 175 acres of land set aside for camping, hiking, and outdoor exploration, you'll never want to leave Twin Lakes State Park.
9. Hayes State Park (1220 Wamplers Lake Rd, Onsted)
Located within Michigan’s stunning Irish Hills region, Hayes State Park sits on the shores of Wamplers Lake and Round Lake. Throughout the park, you’ll find perfect spots for fishing, boating, and general relaxation. No matter what your age, you’ll be amazed by the calm beauty of this park.
Did we leave any of your favorite state parks off our list? Let us know in the comments section below. Now, what are you waiting for? Get outside and enjoy the beauty of Michigan’s great outdoors!