(UPDATED) – Checklist of Michigan State Parks I’ve Visited (As of August, 2020)

The following is a list of state parks/recreation areas in Michigan. The ones I’ve visited will be denoted in green, and the activities for which I visited the park will be indicated with different symbols – a tent for rustic camping, an RV for modern camping (even if RV was not used), a picnic table for day visits, a cabin for cabin rentals and a tipi with a dollar sign for tipi rentals. 

As of August 2, 2020 – I’ve visited 62 of Michigan’s 106 state parks/recreation areas. 

Agate Falls Scenic Site

Algonac State Park

Bald Mountain Recreation Area

Baraga State Park

Bass River Recreation Area

Bay City State Park

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Belle Isle Park

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Bewabic State Park ⇓

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Fortune Lake at Bewabic State Park

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Bond Falls Scenic Site

Brighton Recreation Area

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Hiking trail at Brighton Recreation Area

dayvisit

cabin

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Brimley State Park

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Freighter view from Brimley State Park

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Burt Lake State Park

dayvisit

Cheboygan State Park

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On a clear day the Straits of Mackinac are visible from some parts of Cheboygan State Park. 

moderncamping

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Clear Lake State Park

Coldwater Lake State Park

Colonial Michilimackinac Historic State Park

dayvisit

Craig Lake State Park

DNR Pocket Park

Dodge #4 State Park

Duck Lake State Park

Father Marquette National Memorial

Fayette Historic State Park

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You can see replicas and some ruins from an old town at Fayette State Park. 

dayvisit

Fisherman’s Island State Park

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Last time we were there Fisherman’s Island was a peninsula. But I’m hearing it might be an island again because of higher water levels. 

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Fort Custer Recreation Area

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Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

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Fort Wilkins, near Copper Harbor, was the site of a military outpost after the U.S. Civil War. 

dayvisit

moderncamping

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

Grand Haven State Park

dayvisit

Grand Mere State Park

 

Harrisville State Park

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Rental cabin at Harrisville State Park. 

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Hartwick Pines State Park

dayvisit

Hayes State Park

dayvisit

Highland Recreation Area

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cabin

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

dayvisit

Hoeft State Park

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Me on the white sand beach at Hoeft State Park near Rogers City, MI. See the freighter? 

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cabin

Hoffmaster State Park

Holland State Park

Holly Recreation Area

dayvisit

Indian Lake State Park

Interlochen State Park

Ionia State Recreation Area

Island Lake Recreation Area

dayvisit

Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

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Interior of rental cabin at Traverse City State Park (now named for some guy named Keith). 

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dayvisit

Lake Gogebic State Park

Lake Hudson Recreation Area

dayvisit

Lakeport State Park

Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park

dayvisit

Leelanau State Park

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Rustic camp site at Leelanau State Park. 

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Lime Island State Recreation Area

Ludington State Park

dayvisit

moderncamping

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cabin

Mackinac Island and Fort Mackinac Historic Park

dayvisit

Maybury State Park

dayvisit

McLain State Park

moderncamping

cabin

Mears State Park

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Rental popup camper at Mears State Park.

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Menominee River State Recreation Area

Meridian-Baseline State Park

Metamora-Hadley Recreation Area

dayvisit

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

Mitchell State Park

Muskallonge Lake State Park

Muskegon State Park

Negwegon State Park

Newaygo State Park

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North Higgins Lake State Park

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Me at North Higgins Lake in the mid 1990s. I wouldn’t be able get back up easily if I tried sitting like that now! 

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Onaway State Park

Orchard Beach State Park

Ortonville Recreation Area

dayvisit

Otsego Lake State Park

moderncamping

 

Outdoor Adventure Center

Palms Book State Park

Petoskey State Park

moderncamping

Pinckney Recreation Area

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Sunset over Bruin Lake at Pinckney Recreation Area. 

dayvisit

moderncamping

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Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

cabin

dayvisit

Port Crescent State Park

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dayvisit

moderncamping

Proud Lake Recreation Area

dayvisit

Rifle River Recreation Area

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cabin

Rockport Recreation Area

Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park

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Rock carvings at Sanilac Petroglyphs State Park. 

dayvisit

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

dayvisit

Seven Lakes State Park

dayvisit

Silver Lake State Park

dayvisit

Sleeper State Park

dayvisit

Sleepy Hollow State Park

South Higgins Lake State Park

moderncamping

dayvisit

Sterling State Park

dayvisit

Straits State Park

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moderncamping

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Sturgeon Point State Park

dayvisit

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

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You haven’t lived if you haven’t seen Tahquamenon Falls in each of the four seasons!

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moderncamping

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Tawas Point State Park

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Me at Tawas Point State Park in 2016. 

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Thompson’s Harbor State Park

Tippy Dam Recreation Area

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Tippy Dam area. 

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Twin Lakes State Park

dayvisit

Van Buren State Park

Van Riper State Park

Wagner Falls Scenic Site

dayvisit

Warren Dunes State Park

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View from my camp chair at Warren Dunes State Park. 

dayvisit

Warren Woods State Park

dayvisit

Waterloo Recreation Area

dayvisit

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cabin

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

Wells State Park

Wetzel State Recreation Area

Wilderness State Park

cabin

moderncamping

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

Wilson State Park

dayvisit

 

Yankee Springs Recreation Area

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moderncamping

Young State Park

 

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