80 semi-modern campsites. Facilities include pit toilets, water, and electrical hookups for each site. Most campsites are well shaded. There's no problem with insects, making your camping experience more enjoyable. Boat camping is allowed in Snail Shell Harbor, and space is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Day Use

The beach on Sand Bay is just a short distance from the campground. The picnic area is adjacent to the beach and offers grills and pit toilets. Playground equipment and horseshoe courts are available.

Trail Information

The park offers approximately 5 miles of hiking trails. The trails are groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing. Trails wind through a beech/maple hardwood forest and throughout the historic townsite.

Boating and Fishing

A boat launching site, located between the campground and picnic area, allow pleasure boats access to Big Bay de Noc. Parking is provided for vehicles with trailers. The protected waters of Snail Shell Harbor are deep enough for larger pleasure craft. Big Bay de Noc provides some of the finest perch, small mouth bass, northern pike and walleye fishing in the Great Lakes. Fishing is permitted in the harbor area.

Scuba Diving

This is allowed in Snail Shell Harbor during certain times of the day. A fee and use permit are required for this activity. In order that all divers might enjoy this activity, ALL submerged artifacts are to remain in place and nothing is to be removed from the harbor bottom.


Self-guided tour maps are provided for your walk in the historic townsite. Guided tours are also available during the summer season. Please contact the park headquarters for spring/summer/fall hours of operation.

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