Description - The Nature Conservancy originally purchased the land comprising Duck Lake State Park from the Boy Scouts of America. In 1974, the State of Michigan acquired the land officially dedicating it as a state park in the spring of 1988. The public parcel stretches from the northern shore of Duck Lake to Lake Michigan featuring a towering sand dune and ideal water sport opportunities. Its terrain is a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in.
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Duck Lake State Park features a towering sand dune and ideal water sports.
- Stretching from the northern shore of Duck Lake to Lake Michigan, the park is the perfect secluded spot for daytime activities. A picnic pavilion offers a scenic setting for group gatherings. The wooded picnic area features tables, grills, a sandy beach and a beach house. A paved path provides a pleasant stroll through the woods along the banks of Duck Lake. Further west along the park drive is a boardwalk that leads around the end of Duck Lake over to Lake Michigan. Hunters are rewarded with harvests of white-tailed deer, rabbit, woodcock, pheasant, duck, geese, and squirrel. State hunting regulations apply. Boaters and anglers are attracted to Duck Lake, which supports healthy populations of rock bass, crappie and pan fish. Fly fishing for bluegill is excellent in early summer. A small channel empties Duck Lake into Lake Michigan, but a dam under the Whitehall Scenic Drive Bridge blocks access into Lake Michigan. The park is closed to vehicular traffic during the winter months, but hiking, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing is permitted.
About five miles north of the park rests the White Lake area known for its selection of restaurants, shopping, marinas, and in the summer, free weekly concerts. There is also a historic lighthouse museum for park visitors to investigate.
Recreation - Duck Lake affords the recreationist swimming, hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, and cross-country opportunities.
Climate - West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.
Duck Lake State Park is located on Lake Michigan southwest of Whitehall.