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Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

Traverse City State Park features a quarter mile of beautiful beach on the Grand Traverse Bay. The park is only two miles from downtown Traverse City, one of the most popular resort towns in Michigan. The campground is open year round with heated restrooms.
Main Number: (231) 922-5270 | TTY Number (text): 711 (Michigan Relay Center)
1132 US-31 N.
Traverse City 49686 County: Grand Traverse
Google Map of Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park
Driving Directions: US-31 three miles E. of downtown Traverse City.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Approx Size: 47 Acres
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
Area Information:

Traverse City State Park is a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The National Cherry Festival is a popular annual event as well as the wide range of self-guided, fall color tours. Also popular around Traverse City State Park are the wineries and casinos.

For more information about local events and attractions in Traverse City please visit the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Facilities at Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.:
Concession/Store: A food concession and boat rental is located in the day-use area.
Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills: The day use area consists of a strip of land bordered by a sugar-sand beach to the north and US-31 to the south. A swim area, picnic tables, and grills are available to day use visitors. The parking lot can accommodate 150 vehicles. No beach fires are allowed.
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:
Lodges, mini cabins, camper cabins and rustic cabins:
Electrical Service:
Group Use Area:
Flush toliets and showers.:
Many sanitation stations are seasonal, so contact the park to check availability.:

Activities at Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

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. The entire park is open for this activity, however, any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Fishing: Powerboating and sailboating are popular Traverse Bay aquatic activities. Fishing charters are available in Grand Traverse Bay and anglers can expect to catch their share of salmon, trout, and panfish.
Hiking: Along with biking, the TART Trail provides multiple uses for hiking, cross-country skiing and other trail recreation.
Biking: There is a paved bike trail, which is accessible through the park, and runs east and west, parallel to the park.
Canoe/Kayak Rental: Kayaks and hydrobikes are available for rent.

Campgrounds at Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park

Campground: Traverse City-Modern

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $31
  • Total Number of Sites: 343
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible

Activities & Facilities at Traverse City-Modern

Mini Cabin: Two mini-cabins, located near the front of the campground, contain two sets of bunkbeds, electricity, lighting, heat, and a table with four chairs. Outside are a fire circle and picnic table.
Electrical Service:
Flush toliets and showers.: New modern bathroom facilities will open on or before Memorial Day weekend.

Campground: Traverse City-Group Use Area

  • Camper Fee Per Night: Contact the park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering:

Activities & Facilities at Traverse City-Group Use Area

Group Use Area:
Winter Camping:
Flush toliets and showers.:
Electrical Service:

Campground: Traverse City State Park-Cottage

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $110-$270/Night or $650-$1295/Week
  • Total Number of Sites: 1
  • Camp Site Map
  • ADA accessible
  • Offering: LODGE
Traverse City State Park Cottage sleeps up to 11 people, with all the comforts of home including a full kitchen with appliances, living room stocked with games and books, backyard, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a pull-out couch. May 22-Sept. 7: $215/night on weekdays, $270/night on weekends/holidays, $1295 weekly. Sept. 8-May 21, 2016: $110/night on weekdays, $160/night on weekends/holidays, $650 weekly

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