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Description - Resting on the southeast shores of Burt Lake, one of Michigan's famed Inland waterway lakes, this park offers great fishing and boating opportunities throughout the year. The lake's expansive size totals 17,120 acres. Nine miles in length, anglers are afforded plenty of room to test their skill. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy camping, boating, fishing, sight-seeing and many more activities in the beautiful area. Developed park amenities are limited to camping.

The world's largest "Cross in the Woods" is located near the park. Historic Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are about 30 miles north on I-75. Hiking, cross-country skiing, ORV and snowmobiling trails are located nearby, along with many golf courses and restaurants.

Attractions - Activities enjoyed by Burt Lake State Park visitors center on the 17,000-acre lake. Well known for its access to fine fishing waters, folks come to the park to boat, fish, swim, relax and gaze across the endless sky. Over 2,000 feet of sandy shore provides a summertime swimming experience. Campers enjoy sites from April 1 to December 1, with no modern facilities available the first and last months. The official park season is dependent upon snowfall.

Recreation - Recreations pursued at Burt Lake State Park include swimming, fishing, boating, camping, and cross-country skiing.

Burt Lake- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 306 site(s), $24-Modern/$16-Semi Modern (off season)
Burt Lake- Group Use Area - (231) 238-9392, site(s), Contact the park

Burt Lake-Foot Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Burt Lake-Inland Waterway - 38 (Miles), Vault Toilet, Swimming, Boat Launch

Climate - The Straits normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 18 degrees F (-10 to -8 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Location - Burt Lake State Park is located in Michigan's northern area of the lower peninsula. The park rests on Burt Lake's southern shore. To reach the park travel M-68 for a quarter mile west of Interstate 75 near Indian River.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at this park August 9, 2006. I loved this park! It's one of the best parks we've ever stayed at. The campsites are well spaced - almost all with shade - and you have a nice view of the lake. The beach area is exceptionally nice, and you can wade far out. The water is clean and welcoming. The bathhouse facilities are modern and very well kept. There's plenty of places to ride a bike, hike, tube, Kayak fish, etc. You can easily bike into town and enjoy mini golf, an ice cream sundae at McDonalds, or whatever else you care to do. I will be returning to this state park.

Filed By: brianna (richmond, michigan)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: good park but the lake wasnt that great. you had to go out a LONG while befor it was even up to you chest. other than that it was great.

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Contact Information:
Burt Lake State Park, 6635 State Park Drive , Indian River, MI, 49749, Phone: 231-238-9392, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
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.
Straits - The Straits Travel Region serves as the gateway to the sequestered Upper Peninsula and to Canada while boasting its own natural wonders.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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