MUSKALLONGE LAKE STATE PARK


MUSKALLONGE LAKE STATE PARK is 28 miles north of Newberry, Michigan on County Road 407, also listed at H-37 and 18 miles east of Grand Marais on H-58 and H-37.

History

The State Park is the site of Deer Park, a lumbering town of the late 1800s. At one time Deer Park included a store, post office, smitty and a hotel. A doctor practiced there and there were 15 family homes. A large dock extended into Lake Superior from where lumber was shipped. Muskallonge Lake was a mill pond for millions of White Pine logs brought to it by narrow gauge railroad lines. By 1900, the virgin stands of timber were depleted. The mill closed, and the operation moved away. All that remain are a huge pile of sawdust and a few partly submerged pine logs in Muskallonge Lake. Some of the original dock pilings can still be seen in Lake Superior.

Camper Needs

There are two grocery stores nearby, one mile east or west of the campground, both have gas and bait. Both stores and a nearby resort owner have boats for rent. The park is close to the cooling influence of Lake Superior so it is wise to bring along warm clothing and bedding for your visit.

Recreation

Muskallonge Lake produces fine catches of Northern Pike, Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Walleyes, Muskies, Rock Bass and Bullheads. Other nearby lakes and streams provide a wide variety of fish. Trout, Salmon, and Menominees are taken from the Lake Superior shores, especially near river mouths. Within the Park boundaries a 1.5 mile hiking trail links at both ends to the North Country Pathway. Sandy beaches with gradual underwater slopes offer swimming on Muskallonge Lake. The stoney shore of Lake Superior has agates and colorful stones for sharp-eyed rockhounds. Wild blueberries and rasberries are abundant in July and August most years.

Local Points of Interest

There are about 70 lakes and five rivers within a 20 mile radius of the park including the storied Two Hearted River. An extensive network of county and state forest roads and trails allows access to nearby features and interesting drives and hikes. Visits to scenic and historic sites in the eastern Upper Peninsula can add to your stay at Muskallonge Lake. At St. Ignace are Mackinaw Island and Straits State Parks. Tour historic forts and the Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum and enjoy spectacular views of the Straits and the Mackinaw Bridge. At Sault Ste. Marie enjoy the Soo Locks and other attractions on the international waterway. Closer to the park are Tahquamenon Falls State Park with its spectacular thundering waterfalls and Whitefish Point, a seasonal mecca for birders. Just west of Grand Marais you will find the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with many waterfalls, the Sable Dunes and Devil's Slide. Southwest from the park are the Kingston Plains and Seney National Wildlife Refuge with a visitor center and area tours. No Upper Peninsula tour can be complete without a stop at Palms Book State Park; raft across the sparkling mystery of the State's largest spring. Ask a park ranger for more details and other nearby sights.


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