Onaway State Park is located on the southeast shore of beautiful Black Lake in Presque Isle County.


The park encompasses 158 acres of rugged but picturesque land, including sand and cabblestone beaches, large unique rock out croppings, and a diverse variety of trees. The campground lays among large virgin white pine to shade your camp. You may observe all these natural features by hiking the parks nature trail which measures about 3 miles long.


Black Lake is known for its variety of game fish and is home to some of the last lake Sturgeon in Michigan. Come and enjoy the Annual Sturgeon Shivaree, a festival held on the frozen waters of Black Lake just off-shore from the park, the last weekend in February.


Onaway State Park is one of Michigan's oldest state parks and was acquired by the state in 1920 from Presque Isle County and private donors. The park was dedicated a state park in 1921. The park is located in an area once frequented by the Chippewa Indians.

Camping and Day Use

Onaway State Park features 100 modern campsites with electric on each site and a modern toilet-shower building. A sanitation station is also available for our campers. The park has a new boat ramp with skid pier and a parking lot for cars and boat trailers for our fishermen and recreational boaters. The enclosed park pavilion, overlooking Black Lake, was built by the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corp. This building is available for group activities and family reunions. There is a small fee if you would like to reserve this building for your planned activity.


There are a variety of natural attractions as well as historic attractions located not far from the park. The highest waterfalls in lower Michigan are only 10 miles east of the park and a variety of natural sink holes, only 15 miles south. The park is only about 45 miles from the Old Mill Creek Saw Mill and Fort Michilimackinac, a 1700s community.

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