CHEBOYGAN STATE PARK, Michigan
Cheboygan State Park is open all year for a variety of activities.
The park has 75 modern campsites. Modern camping, rustic cabins, tents and teepees are all available within the park. Each site has electricity, a picnic table, a fire circle and is partially surrounded by trees. A modern restroom and shower building with hot water, is centrally located in the campground. A sanitation station is located near the modern restroom and shower building. At the site of the old camping ground now stands a modern beach house with running water.
For families and groups wishing to stay in the park without camping, Cheboygan State Park offers three rustic family cabins. The cabins are located close to the shoreline of Lake Huron. Their rustic design offers the visitor a unique recreation experience.
Boating & Fishing
Both are available on Duncan Bay. A small boat launch which services 14-16 foot boats provides access to the bay. Some of the best fishing in the area, with the Northern Pike, Small and large Mouth Bass, and several types of pan fish can be found in Duncan Bay. Little Billy Elliot Creek, which flows through the park and into the bay, is well known for its Speckled Brook Trout.
At the site of the old camp ground, now stands a modern beach house, with running water. Playground equipment, picnic tables, and grills are offered to daytime picnickers. With several well-marked hiking trails throughout the park, and along the lakeshore, nature is displayed at its very best; including the chance to see rare wild flowers such as members of the Orchid family and the Pitcher plant.
Cheboygan Point Light
One of the main focal points of the park is the Cheboygan Point Light. It was built in 1851. The Cheboygan Point Light was origianlly built on a pier in Lake Huron, but due to rough water and winter ice, it only lasted a few years. In 1859, it was rebuilt on the shore and was in operation until 1930 by the United States Lighthouse Service. It was at this time that the lighthouse and surrounding properties were conveyed to the State of Michigan for public park use.
Duncan Bay Beach
Another focal point of the park is Duncan Bay Beach. In 1956 the Federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation conducted a survey of Michigan's coastline for possible state park sites. Cheboygan State Park was labeled as a future site under the name of "Poe Reef State Park Site." In 1958 the Forestry Division of the DNR administered the Duncan Bay Beach as a state forest camping ground - "Duncan Bay State Forest Campground," which only covered approximately 13 acres.
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