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Outdoor Recreation

State Parks

State parks in the Eastern Upper Peninsula provide visitors with a chance to surround themselves with tranquility, natural scenery and wildlife.  There are opportunities for camping, backpacking, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, off-road vehicle riding, hunting, fishing and sightseeing. The possibilities are endless.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls are the largest waterfalls in the United States east of the Mississippi, aside from Niagara Falls.  Surrounded by unspoiled wilderness, the Tahquamenon Falls is some 200 feet wide and 48 feet high. Depending in the season, more than 50,000 gallons of water per second spill over this incredible falls.  The water is a distinctive brown color as a result of the tannins leached from the adjacent cedar swamps that drain into the river.  A magnificent hiking trail system directs visitors through the forest within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This scenic park is one hour and fifteen minutes by car from St. Ignace.

Brimley State Park

Brimley State Park includes a modern campground with large, grassy campsites. There is also a mini-cabin available for rent.  A beach on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay is home to warmer swimming water than any other state park located on the usually frigid Lake Superior. Anglers fish the bay for northern pike and walleye. The Canadian highlands can be seen to the north.

Mackinac Island State Park

Mackinac Island State Park is Michigan’s first and oldest state park.  More than eighty percent of the Island is park land.  The Park’s scenic views include the Straits area, limestone formations such as Sugarloaf and Arch Rock and Mackinac Bridge.

Muskallonge Lake State Park

Situated between the shores of Muskallonge Lake and Lake Superior, this park is known for its forests, lakes and streams. Rock hunters frequent the Lake Superior shoreline in search of agates.

Straits State Park

Located near the ferry lines serving Mackinac Island, Straits State Park is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The park has an observation platform and a number of campsites that offer a stunning view of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac.