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Harrisville State Park features developed facilities amid a mixed conifer environment.
Copyright: Michigan State Parks & Forests
Harrisville State Park features developed facilities amid a mixed conifer environment.
Description - Harrisville State Park, located on the shores of Lake Huron, was established in 1921. It is one of the oldest parks within the Michigan State Park system. The original landmass was a mere 6 acres. Today, the park boasts 107 acres highlighted by a number of developed facilities for the year-round day and overnight guest.

Harrisville State Park is within a short drive of several popular area attractions. Among them are the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse and Museum, the resort town of Harrisville and Negwegon State Park. For art and music lovers, there is a summer concert series on Wednesday nights at the harbor and a Labor Day Weekend Art and Music Show in the town of Harrisville. The park holds an annual sand sculpture contest on the last Saturday in July.

The park does not offer any facilities for boating or fishing, but a DNR boating access site in Harrisville allows direct access to Lake Huron's tremendous offshore fishing opportunities.

Attractions - Harrisville State Park features a 229-site campground nestled in a stand of pine and cedar trees along the sandy shores of Lake Huron. The park has two modern bathhouses, two mini-cabins, one featuring a salt box design and contains an electric heater. The other mini-cabin is an A-frame and has a wood-burning stove. Both mini-cabins have electricity, a fire ring outside, and an outdoor grill. Each cabin is furnished with two sets of bunk beds and a table. The mini-cabins are designed to sleep four comfortably. Camping facilities are open from April 15 to November 1.

Meandering through stately forest is the Cedar Run Nature Trail, a two-mile route that was originally carved into the woodland as early as 1945. Other day use features include a swimming beach, beach house, picnic area, softball diamond, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, basketball court, children's playground, and group shelter.

Specific features of Harrisville State Park include the well-known annual sand sculpture contest held the last Saturday in July. Park visitors are given a rare opportunity to walk to the resort town of Harrisville. A short drive carries visitors to several popular area attractions including the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse and Museum, and Negwegon State Park, a remote destination for hikers and hunters. For art and music lovers, there is a summer concert series on Wednesday nights at the harbor and a Labor Day Weekend Art and Music Show in the town of Harrisville.

The park does not offer any facilities for boating or fishing. However, there is a boat ramp in Harrisville that allows direct access to Lake Huron's tremendous offshore fishing opportunities.

Recreation - Visitors to this 107-acre state park are invited to sightsee, swim, hike, camp and enjoy a short walk to Harrisville. A boat launch onto Lake Huron is located in Harrisville.

Camping
Harrisville- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 195 site(s), $25/$23

Trail
Harrisville-Cedar Run Nature Trail - 2 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 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 - Harrisville State Park is located just off US-23 a half mile south of the M-72 intersection in Harrisville.


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Filed By: Angela
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Harrisville is a beautiful place and I have been going there since I was a few weeks old and I am now 14 and I love it there is so much to do like swim in the lake, play baseball, horseshoes, basketball, you can ride your bike around the park and also there is a delicious ice cream parlour around in town about 2 minutes away to the right, a great place to eat for breakfast is called to bakery and that is right in town to you can fish down by the harbour and the business from the park is very welcoming and that is why we keep coming back every year! You'll have a wonderful stay!

Filed By: Katie
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The park is absolutely beautiful! There is a short (very short!) walk into town where there is a drug store fulfilling most needs, a delicious ice cream store, an IGA, and other specialty stores. The beach is sandy with a small playground. Many people come here, but all are pleasant and my family finds themselves making friends with all of our neighbors. I highly reccomend this campground. I make it through the winter knowing that in the summer I will be spending two weeks here!!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Harrisville State park is a wonderful place to spend time camping with your family. We go every year and it NEVER gets boring. The beaches are beautiful and sandy, there is volleyball, horseshoe, baseball, and swimming. There are two bath houses with showers and it is a huge campground...I think there is close to 230 sites.


More Information

Contact Information:
Harrisville State Park, 248 State Park Road, P.O. Box 326 , Harrisville, MI, 48740, Phone: 989-724-5126, 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.
Northern Michigan - Flat agricultural and industrial lands of southern Michigan evolve into scenic rolling glacial hillsides covered with hardwoods and conifers and bisected by some of the state's largest waterways including the famed Au Sable and Thunder Bay rivers.

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

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