Petoskey State Park of Emmet County, Michigan
5 miles long.
1.5 miles N. on M-119 from US 31 N. Petoskey.
Two miles of the trail are now being groomed for cross country skiing.
2475 M-119 Hwy.
Petoskey MI 49712
Phone Number: (231) 347-2311
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 303 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park
Cross Country Ski trail is not groomed.
Petoskey State Park, located on the north end of Little Traverse Bay, is situated on 303 scenic acres and offers a beautiful sandy beach on the bay. The park has two separate modern campgrounds. Tannery Creek offers 98 campsites, and Dunes offers 70 campsites.
The park land was originally deeded to Pay-Me-Gwau under an Ottawa Indian treaty in July of 1855. Later, much of the land was the site of the W.W. Rice Company. In 1934, the City of Petoskey purchased the land and named it the Petoskey Bathing Beach. In April of 1968, the beach was sold to the State of Michigan. On May 21, 1969, the state was given the title to the land. The campground opened its sites to the first campers in July of 1970.
- Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
- Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
- Swimming - Lake Michigan Beach Information The mile-long sand beach is famed for its "million-dollar sunsets." Petoskey stones, Michigan's official stone, are plentiful on the shores.
- Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. The day use area has picnic tables and grills, a playground and a one-mile long beach for sunbathing.
- Biking - A paved bicycle path passes near the state park linking Petoskey and Harbor Springs.
- Hiking - Two trails run through Petoskey State Park. Old Baldy Trail includes a stairway that leads up Old Baldy, a stable dune that is one of the attractions in the park. After climbing the dune, the view of the bay is breathtaking. The Portage Trail winds through very diverse terrain where a nature lover may find different species of plants and wildlife.
- Cross Country Ski - Trails are not groomed.
- 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 statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
The park is located between Harbor Springs and Petoskey, both known for their shopping districts, local arts and crafts shops, shows and restaurants. There are no boat launch facilities in the park, but Harbor Springs and Petoskey each have several launches that provide access to Little Traverse Bay. Many nearby inland lakes also have boat launches. Fishing, jet-skiing and water-skiing are popular activities in the area.
The Oden Fish Hatchery is a short drive from the park and one of the most advanced facitilies of its kind. For anyone interested in how brook and brown trout are raised, this is the premier destination.
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Permission and information sources are from Contributers to this Web Site, the Department of Natural Resources, Michigan.gov, National Park Service,
and the USDA Forest Service.