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Description - The moderating effect of Lake Huron causes temperatures to be less extreme during both summer and winter and also causes up to two weeks delay in season changes compared to a few miles inland. This was one of the first 14 Michigan State Parks. The original property was donated by lumber baron, Paul H. Hoeft on January 2, 1922. A picnic shelter still in use was built in the day use area by the Civilian Conservation Corps in late 1930s. The campground consists of 143 campsites and a mini cabin.

Attractions - Hunting
The West side of US-23 is open to hunting. For hunting information call the park at (989)734-2543.

Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
Two playgrounds available, one in the day use area and one in the campground. Two horseshoe pits are also available, one located in the day use and one in the campground. Horseshoes are available at the contact station. Two volleyball pits are available in the campground beach area.

A beautiful sandy beach on Lake Huron for sun bathing and swimming within 100 yards of modern campground.

The park is a popular staging area for anglers who access Lake Huron from Rogers City Marina or Hammond Bay Harbor. Popular species sought after include chinook salmon, coho salmon, walleye, lake trout, and brown trout. There are also many streams and inland lakes in the area where various species of fish can be found.

Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills

Picnic Shelter(s)
The picnic shelter provides a beautiful view of Lake Huron and can be rented by calling 989-734-2543. This building was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is a log and stone building featuring a beautiful setting for weddings, family reunions, etc. Cost is $50 per day.

A 10-foot wide paved non-motorized trail starts in the day use area and connects at the park entrance to the Huron Sunrise Trail. It stretches to Rogers City riding along the beach next to Lake Huron and ends at Calcite Limestone Quarry, the world's largest open pit limestone mine. This trail also connects to Herman Vogler Conservation Area which includes seven miles of hiking and biking trails.

The park features 4.5 miles of trails running through gently rolling, mixed hardwood/conifer forest as well as along the Lake Huron shoreline. There are many wildflowers to view, especially in the spring.

Cross Country Ski
A total of 4.5 miles of trails running through gently rolling, mixed hardwood/conifer forest as well as along the Lake Huron shoreline. Trails are not groomed.

Metal Detecting Areas
Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Recreation - The park is a convenient stop over or staging area for travelers planning activities in the Straits area. The Mackinac Bridge is 50 miles northwest via US-23. Bicyclists can use the bike trail to Rogers City just 4.5 miles away. For more information on events in this area please visit the Rogers City Chamber of Commerce web page by

P.H. Hoeft- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 144 site(s), $22/$16
P.H. Hoeft - Group Use Area - (989) 734-2543, site(s), Contact the park

Hoeft-Hardwoods Trail - 1.5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Hoeft-Nagel Creek Trail - 0.75 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Hoeft-Beach Trail - 1.5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Hoeft-Pavilion Trail - 0.25 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

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 - 5 miles North of Rogers City via US-23.

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Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.

Hoeft State Park - Official Site of Hoeft State Park


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