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  • Writer's pictureSam Hageman

Exploring Michigan: Our Checklist

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

If you did not hear, I was announced as a Michigan State Park Ambassador for 2021, I am very excited for this journey & hope to continue to share our adventures with fellow Michiganders & beyond. In honor of the announcement, I wanted to release a blog post where you can see our progress exploring our Michigan State Parks List we released to everyone. We will continue to update this until we hit every one!

On this blog you will see a slideshow of photos that will include a photo from each place we have visited in each region (if we have a photo from there). You will see who in the family has been to the State Park by a checkmark in their color:

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√SAM

√GARRETT

√DEXTER

√ ALFRED

 

MICHIGAN STATE PARKS

 

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN:

(1) Algonac State Park:

(2) Bald Mountain Recreation Area:

(3) Belle Isle State Park:

(4) Brighton Recreation Area:

(5) Cambridge Junction Historic Park:

(6) Dodge #4 State Park:

(7) Hayes State Park:

(8) Highland Recreation Area:

(9) Holly Recreation Area:

(10) Island Lake Recreation Area:

(11) Lake Hudson Recreation Area:

(12) Lakeport State Park:

(13) Maybury State Park:

(14) Meridian-Baseline State Park:

(15) Metamora-Hadley Rec Area:

(16) Mike Levine Lakelands Trail:

(17) Ortonville Recreation Area:

(18) Outdoor Adventure Center:

(19) Pickney Recreation Area:

(20) Pontiac Lake Recreation Area:

(21) Proud Lake Recreation Area:

(22) Seven Lakes State Park:

(23) Sleepy Hollow State Park:

(24) Sterling State Park:

(25) Waterloo Recreation Area:

(26) Watkins Lake Park & Preserve:

(27) Wetzel State Rec Area:

(28) Williams G. Milliken Park:

 

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN:

(1) Bass River Recreation Area:

(2) Coldwater Lake State Park:

(3) Duck Lake State Park:

(4) Fort Custer Recreation Area:

(5) Fred Meijer White Pine Trail Park:

(6) Grand Haven State Park:

(7) Grand Mere State Park:

(8) Hoffmaster State Park:

(9) Holland State Park:

(10) Ionia State Recreation Area:

(11) Muskegon State Park:

(12) Saugatuck Dunes State Park:

(13) Van Buren State Park:

(14) Warren Dunes State Park:

(15) Warren Woods State Park:

(16) Yankee Springs Recreation Area:

 

THE THUMB:

(1) Bay City State Park:

(2) Port Crescent State Park:

(3) Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic Park:

(4) Sleeper State Park:

 

NORTHEAST MITTEN:

(1) Aloha State Park:

(2) Burt Lake State Park:

(3) Cheboygan State Park:

(4) Clear Lake State Park:

(5) Colonial Michilimackinac Park:

(6) Harrisville State Park:

(7) Hartwick Pines State Park:

(8) Historic Mill Creek Park:

(9) Hoeft State Park:

(10) Negwegon State Park:

(11) North Higgins Lake State Park:

(12) Onaway State Park:

(13) Ostego Lake State Park:

(14) Rifle River Recreation Area:

(15) Rockport Recreation Area:

(16) South Higgins Lake State Park:

(17) Sturgeon Point State Park:

(18) Tawas Point State Park:

(19) Thompson’s Harbor State Park:

(20) Wilson State Park:

 

NORTHWEST MITTEN:

(1) Fisherman’s Island State Park:

(2) Interlochen State Park:

(3) Keith J. Charters Traverse Park:

(4) Leelanau State Park:

(5) Ludington State Park:

(6) Mears State Park:

(7) Mitchell State Park:

(8) Newaygo State Park:

(9) Orchard Beach State Park:

(10) Petoskey State Park:

(11) Silver Lakes State Park:

(12) Tippy Dam Recreation Area:

(13) Wilderness State Park:

(14) Young State Park:

 

EASTERN U.P.:

(1) Brimley State Park:

(2) Father Marquette Memorial:

(3) Fayette Historic State Park:

(4) Lime Island State Rec Area:

(5) Indian Lake State Park:

(6) Laughing Whitefish Falls Park:

(7) Mackinac Island State Park:

(8) Muskallonge Lake State Park:

(9) Palms Book State Park:

(10) Straits State Park:

(11) Tahquamenon Falls State Park:

(12) Wagner Falls Scenic Site:

 

WESTERN U.P.:

(1) Agate Falls Scenic Site:

(2) Baraga State Park:

(3) Bewabic State Park:

(4) Bond Falls Scenic Site:

(5) Craig Lake State Park:

(6) DNR Pocket Park:

(7) Fort Wilkins Historic State Park:

(8) Lake Gogebic State Park:

(9) McLain State Park:

(10) Menominee River State Rec Area:

(11) Porcupine Mts Wilderness Park:

(12) Twin Lakes State Park:

(13) Van Riper State Park:

(14) Wells State Park:

 

MICHIGAN STATE FORESTS

 

U.P.:

(1) Copper County State Forest

(a) Baraga:

(b) Crystal Falls:

(2) Escanaba River State Forests

(a) Escanaba:

(b) Gwinn:

(3) Lake Superior State Forest

(a) Newberry:

(b) Sault Ste Marie:

(c) Shingleton:

NORTHERN MITTEN:

(1) Mackinaw State Forest

(a) Atlanta:

(b) Gaylord:

(c) Pigeon River Country:

(2) Pere Marquette State Forest

(a) Cadillac:

(b) Traverse City:

(3) Au Sable State Forest:

(a) Gladwin:

(b) Grayling:

(c) Roscommon:

 

NATIONAL FORESTS

 

U.P.:

(1) Ottawa National Forest:

(2) Hiawatha National Forest:

NORTHERN MITTEN:

(1) Huron-Manistee National Forest:

 

NATIONAL PARKS

 

U.P.:

(1) Isle Royale National Park:

(2) Picture Rocks National Lakeshore:

(3) Keweenaw National Historic Park:

(4) North Country Trail National Scenic Trail:

NORTHERN MITTEN:

(1) Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore:

LOWER MITTEN:

(1) Motor Cities National Heritage Area:

(2) River Raisin National Battlefield Park:

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