State Parks


There are several Michigan State Parks located in Emmet County. Information about each is listed below ...

Petoskey State Park & Beach
2475 M-119
Petoskey, MI  49770
(231) 347-2311
(800) 447-2757

Recreation Passport Required: Yes

Petoskey State Park, located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, is situated on 303 scenic acres and offers a beautiful sandy beach on the bay. The park has two separate modern campgrounds. Tannery Creek offers 100 campsites, and Dunes offers 80 camp sites.

The park is located between Harbor Springs and Petoskey, both known for their shopping districts, local arts and crafts shops, shows and restaurants. There are no boat launch facilities in the park, but Harbor Springs and Petoskey each have several launches that provide access to Little Traverse Bay. Many nearby inland lakes also have boat launches.


Wilderness State Park
903 Wilderness Park Drive
Carp Lake, MI  49718
(231) 436-5381

Recreation Passport Required: Yes

Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within its over 10,000 acres including 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, numerous trails, six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses.

Here's what one blogger had to say about Wilderness: "A single narrow, pitted dirt road leads into the park, providing access to a handful of rustic cabins, trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, and beaches. The park’s 26 miles of coast on Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay and the Straits of Mackinac are not as flashy as Sleeping Bear Dunes or Pictured Rocks, but are notable for their quiet beauty. Most of the length is not even accessible by formal trail, including the two large islands off the western tip of the mainland, making it easy to get away. (And easy to get lost – the State’s web page advises visitors to carry a map and compass when venturing off the main trails.)"

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac
102 Straits Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI  49701
Just west of the Mackinac Bridge

(231) 436-4100

Recreation passport required: No

Fort Michilimackinac was an 18th-century French, and later British, fort and trading post in the Great Lakes of North America. Built around 1715, and abandoned in 1783, it was located along the southern shore of the strategic Straits of Mackinac connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, at the northern tip of the lower peninsula of the present-day state of Michigan in the United States. The site of the fort in present-day Mackinaw City is a National Historic Landmark and is now preserved as an open-air historical museum.

Life here continues much in the way it did in the 1700s. Watch the smoke billow from the cannon and muskets fired by British soldiers and help colonial women prepare food or tend the garden. Join French voyageurs and Native Americans as they demonstrate their way of life – the past and present blur into a fascinating and unmatched experience at Colonial Michilimackinac.

The fort grounds also contain the foot of the Mackinac Bridge, Old Mackinac Point Light, which is an 1892 lighthouse, and a day-use park with a view of the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island.