Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park of Huron County, Michigan

Photo: © Phil Seng

Hiking Port Crescent State ParkCross country skiing Port Crescent State Park

Trail Distance:

5.3 miles long with 7 loops ranging in size from 2.3 to 3 miles long.


From Port Austin, take M-25 west about 5 miles to the Port Crescent campground entrance. Continue west on M-25 another 2 miles to the day use entrance.

Trail List:

Trail Description:

Cross country ski trail is groomed.

Located near the tip of Michigan’s thumb region, Port Crescent State Park encompasses 3 miles of Lake Huron beachfront, sand dunes, dune forest, and backwaters and bayous of the Pinnebog River. The site was once the prosperous logging and sand-mining town of Port Crescent. The town has long since disappeared; reclaimed by nature.

Wildlife Viewing:

This site is an excellent destination for viewing the spring hawk migration. From March through April, broad-winged hawks and other birds-of-prey congregate here to rest and feed before continuing their journey to northern breeding grounds. At times you can view large kettles or groups of these birds soaring upon the drafts of air that come across Lake Huron and are funneled upward by the dune ridges. Loons also migrate through this area in April, and large concentrations of bluebirds bring color and character to the fields near the park entrance. Wild turkeys, blue herons, and whitetail deer are plentiful here, and the lucky visitor may catch a glimpse of beavers or bald eagles.

Portions of this area are open to public hunting. Check with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for hunting seasons and regulations.

Facilities and Opportunities:

  • Restrooms – Three restrooms and five pit toilets.
  • Trails – Easy.
  • Picnic – Three picnic areas, two with playgrounds. Call for reservations.
  • Camping – 137 sites with electric hook-ups. $20 per site, per night.
  • Cross-country skiing – One moderate trail.
  • Drinking water – Hand pump at Day Use area, and running water elsewhere on site.
  • Fishing – Bass, perch, freshwater river and Great Lakes. No cleaning station or bait on site.
  • Hunting Entry Fee - Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle Permit required for entry.
  • Barrier free – Most areas.

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Port Crescent State Park Map

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