Clear Lake State Park is open all year providing a variety of activities. Dedicated a State Park in 1966, the park has 300 acres of land encompasses 2/3 of the Clear Lake's shoreline.

Mackinaw State Forest

Clear Lake State Park is located within the Mackinaw State Forest. This State Forest is composed of the northern eight counties of the Lower Peninsula. The Atlanta area of this forest contains over 258,000 acres of state-owned public land. Most of the virgin timber was removed from the forest by the 1920s and has been replaced by second-growth forests managed by the DNR.

Camping and Day Use

The park has 200 modern campsites, located on the north shore of Clear Lake. Electrical hookups are available at each campsite and two restroom/shower buildings service the park. There is easy access to a sandy beach and swimming area.

The Day Use area is on the south shore of Clear Lake. It offers a pavilion for reunions and gatherings, horseshoe courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, a sandy beach and shallow swimming areas make this an ideal location for swimming..


From the park there is access to over 70 miles of hiking/biking trails. A 4.5 mile groomed cross country ski trail runs from the park to Canada Creek. Near the park, is access to ORV and snowmobile trails.


Clear Lake State Park offers a mini-cabin for rent in the Upper Campground. The cabin is designed to sleep 4 people with bunks and mattresses provided. The cabin has electricity, a picnic table and grill.

Boating & Fishing

Access to the lake is provided through two paved boat launches. Clear Lake has 133 acres of surface area and is spring fed with no inlets or outlets and is 100' deep. A variety of fish species have been planted in Clear lake. The lake is excellent for trout and smallmouth bass fishing.

There is excellent canoeing in the nearby AuSable and Thunder Bay Rivers.


Deer, elk, turkey and small game are plentiful in the Mackinac State Forest. Hunting is allowed in the forest area during the appropriate seasons.

Elk Sightings

Elk can be seen and heard throughout the area in the early morning and evening, especially during the spring and fall. Native elk disappeared from Michigan nearly 100 years ago, they were reintroduced in 1918 and have multiplied into a large herd.

Scenic Drive

A 48.5 mile scenic drive, marked by yellow-topped posts, begins at the corner of M-33 and Voyer Lake Road. Deer, elk, black bear, snowshoe hare, fox, coyote, raccoon, squirrel, ruffed grouse, bald eagle, loon and great blue heron are among the wildlife species that might be seen along the drive. The drive is especially beautiful in the fall with the changing leaves.


Clear Lake State Park is located nine miles north of Atlanta on M-33.

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