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The land of Traverse City State Park was once occupied by the Ottawa Indians.
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The land of Traverse City State Park was once occupied by the Ottawa Indians.
Description - Traverse City State Park was established in 1920 on about 16 acres of land after the logging industry in the area began to wane. In 1921 and 1939, parcels were added to increase the park's land area to its present size of 45 acres. The original inhabitants of the land were the Ottawa branch of the Algonquin Indians.

Attractions - Traverse City State Park offers a 342-site campground year round. Modern bathhouse facilities are open April to December. The campground is located amidst a hardwood and pine forest. Two mini-cabins offer the overnight quest an alternative to camping. Each cabin contains two sets of bunk beds, electricity, lighting, heat, and a table with four chairs. Outside the mini-cabin is a fire ring and picnic table.

The day use area consists of a strip of land bordered by a sugar-sand beach to the north and US-31 to the south. A swim area, picnic tables, grills, beach house, and children's playground are available. The parking lot can accommodate 150 vehicles.

Powerboating and sailboating are popular Traverse Bay aquatic activities. Fishing charters are available in Grand Traverse Bay and anglers can expect to catch salmon, trout, and pan fish.

A paved bike trail, which is accessible through the park, and runs east and west, parallel to the park. Hikers are welcome.

Traverse City State Park is a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, the Grand Traverse Resort and golf courses, and downtown Traverse City. The National Cherry Festival is a popular annual event as well as the wide range of self-guided, fall color tour activity.

Recreation - The park features a variety of outdoor recreations including swimming, sunbathing, boating, fishing sailboating, biking, camping, cabin lodging, and picnicking.

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 - Traverse City State Park is located on the Leelanau Peninsula 3.5 miles east of Traverse City along US 31.

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Traverse City State Park, 1132 US-31 North , Traverse City, MI, 49686, Phone: 231-922-5270, TTY: 231-922-5336

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.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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