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Michigan State Parks

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Northwest Region
Wilderness State Park
Wilderness State Park © Julie Christiansen
Wilderness State Park © Julie Christiansen
903 Wilderness Park Drive
Carp Lake, Michigan   49718

Phone: 231-436-5381
Reservations: 800-447-2757
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
Cottages 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*
This park boasts excellent deer and snowshoe hare hunting, while hunting opportunities exist for grouse, duck, goose, and squirrel as well. Bear hunting is available with the appropriate license. There are a few bobcats. The park is also open to trapping. There is an abundant population of beaver, which receive moderate trapping pressure. Coyote numbers are also high, but they receive little hunting or trapping attention. The park also supports mink, muskrat, and otter.

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
August 19 Very full Still awesome by Bwoz
We are on our way home from Wilderness State Park as I type. We loved every minute of our 4 days there Every part of the place was full and you still felt alone. Beautiful park WE WILL BE BACK
October 7 Potholes by Disappointed
The campground loop we stayed in had deep potholes every few feet and the sites were small even for my 23 Ft. camper.
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!

Area Campgrounds
Mackinaw City, Mackinaw Island KOA
566 Trailsend Road
Mackinaw City, MI
Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping
9730 US 23
Mackinaw City, MI
Lakeshore Park
W 1234 Point LaBarbe Road
St. Ignace, MI

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


Michigan State Parks