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Cheboygan State Park features 932 recreational acres.
Copyright: Michigan State Parks & Forests
Cheboygan State Park features 932 recreational acres.
Description - Cheboygan State Park is located on the Straits of Mackinac, boasting scenic Lake Huron beachfront, views of historic lighthouse ruins, and a total of 932 recreational acres. A variety of developed facilities are offered at the park. Day users rank among the highest visitation numbers flocking to the large picnic facilities adjacent to Duncan Bay Beach. This beach is a result of foresighted individuals (Federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation) who in 1956 conducted a survey of Michigan's coastline for possible state park sites. Another highlight at Cheboygan State Park is the Cheboygan Point Light. This historic structure was originally built in 1851 but harsh winter weather took its toll. By 1859 another lighthouse was built on the accompanying shoreline. It served as a beacon of hope for coastline mariners until 1930 at which time the lighthouse and the surrounding properties were conveyed to the State of Michigan.

Attractions - Cheboygan State Park is a favorite Straits Travel Region destination offering wonderful scenery and well-maintained developed amenities. The park's campground offers 78 sites, each with electric hookup, picnic table, fire ring, and a centrally located modern bathhouse. A sanitation station is also convenient to users. Campsites with broken shade are available upon request. The facilities are open May 1 to November 1. If camping is not your style, the park offers three rustic cabins on the coastline along Lighthouse Point. Their rustic design offers the visitor a unique recreation experience.

At the site of the old campground stands a modern beach house with running water. Playground equipment, picnic tables, and grills are available.

The park has several well-marked hiking trails that travel throughout the park and along the lakeshore. Cheboygan is known for supporting rare wildflowers such as members of the orchid family and the pitcher plant. Trails are open to cross-country skiers in winter.

Boating and fishing are two favorites on Duncan Bay. A small boat launch that services 14-16' boats provides access to the bay. Duncan Bay has the reputation as being one of the area's finest fisheries. Typical catches include northern pike, largemouth bass, perch, and pan fish. Little Billy Elliot Creek, which flows through the park and into the bay, is well known for its speckled brook trout.

Recreation - Visitors to Cheboygan State Park find enjoyment in swimming, picnicking, viewing a historic coastal structure, camping, cabin lodging, hiking, boating, fishing, and cross-country skiing.

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 - Cheboygan State Park is located in the Straits Travel Region four miles south of Cheboygan along US-23.


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Filed By: robert kempisty (howell, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This is a nice and clean campground. There are about 75 sites with one bath house containing 4 showers, 2 male, 2 female. It is about 20-25 miles from Mackinaw City and offers several trails for hiking and mountain biking. We camped from July 5 until July 11, 2009 and the campground never seemed to be more than 50% to 60% occupied. The only downside was that I expected to be able to swim at a beach located at the campground. The bay that the cg is on is blocked by a marsh and there is no way to swim there. The beach is about 2 miles away and also located on the bay. It was one of the nicest beaches I've been to on the great lakes. It was all fine sand and shallow enough to relax with young kids swimming alone.


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Contact Information:
Cheboygan State Park, 4490 Beach Road , Cheboygan, MI, 49721, Phone: 616-627-2811, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
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.

Links:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.

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