Description - F. J. McLain, centrally located between the cities of Calumet and Hancock, is perhaps best known for its spectacular sunsets over Lake Superior. Sitting on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park boasts two miles of sand beach along the largest Great Lake and access to warmer interior freshwater, Bear Lake. A variety of developed park amenities topped off by views of a historic lighthouse and fabulous sunsets make a memorable visit.
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Ground hog nibbling on spring grass
- Folks visiting F. J. McLain State Park will find a variety of leisure pastimes that change along with the seasons. In summer, visitors find four miles of footpaths running along the shore of both lakes. Bicyclists are invited to use the park roads. Water-related sports include windsurfing, swimming, freshwater fishing, and beachcombing. Two miles of sand beach exist along the Superior shoreline. Several picnic shelters, two with fireplaces, a changing house, children's playground, horseshoe pits, and sand volleyball court round out a day visit to the park. Nature viewing, bird watching, rock hunting and berry picking are for the leisure traveler. Hunting for big game, waterfowl and upland birds is permitted. The campground offers 103 modern sites along with a rustic cabin and six mini-cabins. The overnight area features a bathhouse and RV dump station. The cabin sleeps four on bunks and mattresses, has electric lights, heaters, a hot plate, table and chairs and a picnic table and fire ring outdoors. Those staying at the mini-cabins use the campground conveniences. Winter camping is available, too. As the snow begins to fall, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers venture to the park where they find well-marked trails that range between easy and difficult. Nearby rentals are available in Calumet.
Recreation - McLain State Park affords a variety of recreations including hiking, mountain biking, freshwater fishing, nature viewing, bird watching, picnicking, hunting, camping, and a variety of wintertime sports.
Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 200 inches annually. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.
McLain State Park is located on M-203 approximately eight miles north of Hancock.