Michigan Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Michigan? View Michigan parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Not Applicable. Phone 734-365-0219 Activities BOATING, FISHING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge On December 21, 2001, President Bush signed legislation establishing the first International Wildlife Refuge in North America. The refuge, which includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and riverfront lands along 18 miles of the Lower Detroit River, will protect and restore habitat for 29 species of waterfowl, 65 kinds of fish, and 300 species of migratory birds along the river in Michigan and Canada. Business interests are playing a key role in supporting the creation of the International Wildlife Refuge. The Service owns four islands within the refuge. The refuge is managed by staff at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in

Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Not applicable. Phone 906-586-9851 Activities AUTO TOURING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WINTER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge is located just off the northwest shore of Drummond Island in Potagannissing Bay on Lake Huron. The 695-acre, horseshoe-shaped island hosts a variety of habitats and wildlife. The island is open for public use with fishing visits and hunting the primary uses. The refuge is managed by staff at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, in Seney, Michigan.

Huron Islands Wilderness, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions The only access to Huron National Wildlife Refuge is by boat. The refuge is located three miles off the south shore of Lake Superior. For safety purposes, always consult navigation charts for the proper location before leaving on any trip. There are public and / or private launching facilities at Big Bay, L™Anse and Skanee. Lighthouse Island, also known as Huron Island, is the only island that is open to the public. 46 57’44.14″ N -87 59’56.05″ W The refuge is not staffed and is managed by the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. There is no entrance fee. 46 57’44.14″ N -87 59’56.05″ W Phone (906)586-9851 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails

Huron National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Access to the island is by private boat. Phone 906-586-9851 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Huron National Wildlife Refuge The beacon of Lighthouse Island gleams into the Northern Michigan night from its lonely vantage point three miles off the south shore of Lake Superior. Lighthouse Island, or West Huron, is the second largest of eight islands comprising the Huron Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Despite their small size, totalling only 147 acres, the remoteness and primitive quality of these islands have earned them the designation of a Wilderness Area. The refuge was established for the protection of migratory birds, specifically, a large nesting colony of herring gulls. It

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Isle Royale National Park headquarters is located in Houghton, MI. Visit the Houghton page on the Isle Royale National Park website for additional information and a map on how to access the visitor center. Phone (906) 482-0984 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, DIVING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Isle Royale National Park Official Website Isle Royale National Park Map Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you’ll find opportunities for reflection and discovery, and make memories that last a

Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Keweenaw National Historical Park is located is located on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost part of Upper Michigan. Phone (906) 337-3168 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Keweenaw National Historical Park Official Website Keweenaw National Historical Park Map From 7,000 years ago to the 1900s people mined Keweenaw copper. Native peoples made copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.

Kirtlands Warbler Wildlife Management Area, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Area lands are scattered across eight counties at 119 sites. Contact Seney Refuge staff for directions to specific parcels. Phone 906-586-9851 Activities BIKING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Kirtlands Warbler Wildlife Management Area The Kirtland’s warbler is an endangered neotropical migratory bird. The breeding range of this species is primarily restricted to the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and several locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin. This species winters on Bahamian islands in the Caribbean. Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Management Area is located throughout eight counties in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Staff from Seney National Wildlife Refuge (Seney, Michigan) is responsible for land management at the

Michigan Islands Wilderness, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge, including the Designated Wilderness, is closed to public access except by special use permit or for maritime emergencies. Phone 906/586-9851 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Michigan Islands Wilderness Map Michigan Islands Wilderness Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge The Michigan Islands Wilderness now contains a total of 12 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Michigan. In 1970 the Michigan Islands Wilderness became part of the now over 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. Eight small islands in Lakes Huron and Michigan were established as Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge in 1943, and three of these islands have

Michigan Wetland Management District, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions The 160-acre Schlee area is in Jackson County on the north side of Page Road approximately 6 miles east of US127 on the east side of Jackson. The 138-acre Malan area in Jackson County is on the south side of Tophith Road about 2 miles from the northeast corner of the county. The 77-acre Kinney area in southeast Van Buren County is about 3.5 south of Lawton, on the south side of Route 352. The 160-acre Edger area in Barry County is 4.5 miles west of Hastings, on the north side of route M-179. The Schoonover area in western Lenawee County is about 8 miles southeast of Hudson on the south side of Medina Road. Phone 517-351-4230 Activities FISHING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic

Motor Cities National Heritage Area, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions The MotorCities National Heritage Area encompasses over 10,000 square miles in southeast and central Michigan. The Partnership’s administrative headquarters are in Detroit. Phone (313) 259-3425 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Motor Cities National Heritage Area Official Website Motor Cities National Heritage Area Map If you are interested in automotive history, then MotorCities National Heritage Area is the place to be. Tour the factory where Henry Ford created and built the Model T. Learn the stories behind the creation of General Motors and DamilerChrysler. Come with us and learn about the long and sometimes tenuous relationship between Labor and Industry while experiencing southeast Michigan.

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds BLACK RIVER HARBOR PAVILION MARION LAKE GROUP SITE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground CLARK LAKE PAVILION LAKE OTTAWA PAVILION Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Yondota Falls Kakabika Falls Bond Falls Watefalls Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Ottawa National Forest               I want to…                                                   I Need to Know About…

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Pictured Rocks NL is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, between the towns of Munising (west) and Grand Marais (east). Access the west side of the park via Michigan highways M-28 and M-94 to Munising. State highway M-77 leads to Grand Marais on the east side. Alger County Road H-58 runs parallel and through the park, providing access to spur roads that lead to scenic overlooks, trailheads, campgrounds, beaches, etc. Many roads are closed in winter due to snow. Phone (906) 387-3700 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CLIMBING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PADDLING, SWIMMING, DIVING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Twelvemile Beach Campground Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Backcountry Camping Permit Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Pictured

River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions River Raisin National Battlefield is located in SE Lower Michigan along the western shoreline of Lake Erie, in the city of Monroe. Park headquarters is 35 miles south of Detroit, and only 270 miles east of Chicago. By Car: Take Interstate 75 to exit 15 and go south on Dixie Highway to Elm Ave. make a left on Elm and the Visitor Center will be on the left hand side. Phone (734) 243-7136 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas River Raisin National Battlefield Park Official Website River Raisin National Battlefield Park Map River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates, and interprets the January 1813

Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge headquarters and visitor center are located in the east-central Upper Peninsula of Michigan on highway M-77, two miles north of Germfask and six miles south of Seney, Michigan. Phone 906-586-9851 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Seney National Wildlife Refuge has been shaped by forces of nature and humans and reflects the evolving face of preservation, conservation, and restoration. Its creation story tells of features left by the glacier in the surrounding area known as the Great Manistique Swamp, and of the land’s recovery from the human impact of logging and farming. Here the sun reflects off life-giving water that covers over half

Seney Wilderness, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions The Wilderness area is located 10 miles west of the town of Seney. Access is best from highway 28 or the Creighton Truck Trail. The Refuge headquarters and visitor’s center are located 5 miles south of Seney on highway 77. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm all year and the visitor center is open 9am to 5pm every day from May 15th – October 15th Phone (906)586-9851 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Seney National Wildlife Refuge Seney Wilderness Map Seney Wilderness The Seney Wilderness now contains a total of 25,150 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service’s ,a href=”http://www.fws.gov/refuge/seney/”>Seney National Wildlife Refuge. All of the Wilderness is in

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge headquarters is 5 miles south of Saginaw. From I-75, take the Bridgeport exit and turn west onto Dixie Highway; go 1/2 mile. Turn left onto Fort Road, and go about 2 miles. Turn west onto Curtis Road, and go about 4 miles to refuge headquarters. The Green Point Environmental Learning Center is in the southwest corner of Saginaw. From I-75, take the M-46 West/Holland Ave. exit, and go 5 miles. Turn left onto Michigan Avenue, and go 1 mile. Turn left onto Maple Street, and go 1/2 mile to the Center. Phone 989-777-5930 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WINTER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Shiawassee National

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450 feet above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history. Pack up your camping tent and come for a visit! Directions From the south (Detroit or Chicago areas) :Take US-31, US-131, US-27 to M-115 & M-37, I-75 and M-72 North to Traverse City, then west on M-72 to the Village of Empire. You will see the visitor center as you enter Empire on your right. You may also get to Empire from the south via US-31 to Ludington and then north to Manistee. You can follow either US-31 or M-22 from north of Manistee. From the

St Marys River, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Phone (906) 635-3464 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas St Marys River Website St Marys River Photo Album The St. Marys River flows between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The world famous ?Soo Locks? are located on the Michigan side. Visitors view lake freighters and ocean-going ships traverse the locks between Lake Superior to the north and Lake Huron to the south. At the adjacent Visitors Center, a scale model of the locks demonstrate the operation. Click on the following to view a current “Live” picture from the Soo Locks: Soo Locks WebCam. Videos and movies are also featured in the Visitor Center.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan Camping & Hiking

Directions Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 4,300 square-miles of northwest Lake Huron, off the northeast coast of Michigan™s lower peninsula. The landward boundary of the sanctuary is marked just south of the city of Cheboygan to just north of the city of Oscoda. The sanctuary extends east from the lakeshore to the United States/Canadian boarder. Phone 989-356-8805 Activities BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING, DIVING, SNORKELING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Michigan Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Michigan Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Michigan Recreation Areas Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Twitter page Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Facebook page Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a 4,300 square-mile marine protected area dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes and their