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Wilderness State Park 'Brother Den on the Ice' © Doug Smith
My brother den taking in the sites of Lake Michigan near Waugoshance Point.
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USA Parks
Michigan
Northwest Region
Wilderness State Park
WILDERNESS STATE PARK
WILDERNESS STATE PARK
903 Wilderness Park Drive
Carp Lake, Michigan   49718

Phone: 231-436-5381
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Wilderness State Park
'Brother Den on the Ice'

My brother den taking in the sites of Lake Michigan near Waugoshance Point.

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'Winters Trees'

The beauty of the Pines

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'Candle light cabin'

Peaceful times at Waugoshance

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'Camp Buddies '

The ski buddies sitting around the table at the primitive Waugoshance Cabin

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'Ghost of Waugoshance'

A Ghostly Visitor

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'Cabin from the Frozen Lake'

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'On the Lake1 '

The Guys taking a break on a bright winters day skiing and snow shoeing.

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'Ski Trail'

One of the many beautiful trails in the woods perfect for skiing.

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'Lake Michigan Shoreline'

Drifting snow on Lake Michigan

Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within its 8,000 acres. Wilderness areas and a beautiful shoreline provide great places to observe naure from the nurmerous trails throughout the park. The park's 250 modern campsites are divided into two units, the Lakeshore and the Pines. Six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses are additional options for accommodations withint the park.

The terrain is a mixture of dense coniferous forest to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open, wet, meadows mixed in. There are an abundance of small ponds mixed in with coniferous wetlands. It is easy to get lost and everyone going into the forest is advised to carry a map and compass.
Nearby Accommodations
Kelso Wilderness Cabin Rental - Carp Lake, MICottages and Cabins
We are about 10 miles west of Mackinaw City. One Mile Past the Wilderness State camp grounds. You will find miles of prestine beaches, no noise except the sounds of nature.You can hike the miles of wonderful hiking trails.
4 miles from park*


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Trails
More than 16 miles stretch across the East Boundary, South Boundary, Nebo, Sturgeon Bay, Swamp Line and Big Stone trails. These trails are shared with all bicycles, including mountain bikes. The North Country Trail includes 10 miles within the state park, including the Red Pine Trail. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.

Trails in the park:

Wilderness-Big Stone - 0.75 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-East Boundary - 2 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-East Ridge - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Hemlock - 0.75 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Nebo - 2 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-North Country - 5.5 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Park Road - 3.5 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Pondside - 0.25 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Red Pine - 1.25 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-South Boundary - 1.5 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Sturgeon Bay - 2.25 mi, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski

Wilderness-Swamp Line - 2 (Miles), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
Area Attractions
Metal Detecting Areas:

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 2 so pristine and beautiful
Had lots of fun camping with an Aunt and Cousin from CA last summer 2012 in June! The weather was PERFECT! So close to all the local things to do and see!
March 4 Great Camping by Carlos Fuqua
We stayed in a rustic cabin last year and had the time of our lives. Carlos & Mary Fuqua Lima, Ohio
June 24 Wilderness is my Favorite! by Doug Smith
I have stayed in the Wilderness Log Cabins for a long weekend every winter now fror the past 25 years. I never grow tired of it and look forward to every trip even now. The park has great hiking trails and cross country ski trails. The beauty and peacefullness of this park just has to be experienced to be appreciated!
February 15 We honeymooned here! by Janie
I volunteered at this park for 8 fall breaks through Aquinas College. Then my husband and I spent our honeymoon at Sturgeon Bay cabin. It was wonderful. Peaceful, remote, beautiful, all that I hoped for and more.
October 23 A true Wilderness Park by Rob Younce
Located 11 miles from Mackinaw City this park is truly remote. I have camped here for 50 years now and it has never lost its remote wilderness charm. You will not regret camping here.


Area Campgrounds

Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Island KOA
566 Trailsend Road
Mackinaw City, MI


Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
9730 US 23
Mackinaw City, MI
231-436-7380


Lakeshore Park
W 1234 Point LaBarbe Road
St. Ignace, MI


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11 miles W. of Mackinaw City on Wilderness Park Drive.

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