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Wilderness State Park

Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within its over 10,000 acres including 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, numerous trails, six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses.
Main Number: (231) 436-5381 | TTY Number (text): 711 (Michigan Relay Center)
903 Wilderness Park Drive
Carp Lake 49718 County: Emmet
Google Map of Wilderness State Park
Driving Directions: 11 miles W. of Mackinaw City on Wilderness Park Drive.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Approx Size: 10512 Acres
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
Offering: MODERN CABINS

Facilities at Wilderness State Park

Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.: The park has a boat launch for access to Lake Michigan on Big Stone Bay. The boat launch provides an ADA accessible vault toilet. Due to low water conditions, launching larger boats may be difficult. For further information please contact the park.
Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills: Fire pits/grills available.
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:
Beach:
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 Wilderness 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. 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.
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity.: Wilderness State Park has a geocaching trail that includes 16 geocaches.
Fishing:
Swimming:
Hiking: 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.
Hunting: 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.
Designated Watchable Wildlife Site: The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing.

For a checklist of birds that can be seen at this park click here.

For a checklist of wildflowers commonly found in this park click here.

Mountain Biking: More than 16 miles stretch across the East Boundary, South Boundary, Nebo, Sturgeon Bay and Swamp Line trails. These trails are shared with hikers. Mountain biking is not allowed on Big Stone, Pondside and Red Pine trails.
Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground.:
Michigan State Park Explorer Program: Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.

Trails at Wilderness State Park

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Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
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Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (231) 436-5381
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail

Campgrounds at Wilderness State Park


Campground: Wilderness-Modern

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $29, $20 (off-season)
  • Total Number of Sites: 250
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: MODERN

Activities & Facilities at Wilderness-Modern

Electrical Service:
Flush toliets and showers.: The South Loop shower building and restrooms meet ADA accessibility standards.

Campground: Wilderness-Rustic Cabin

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $65-$86
  • Total Number of Sites: 9
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC CABINS

Activities & Facilities at Wilderness-Rustic Cabin

Lodges, mini cabins, camper cabins and rustic cabins: Six rustic cabins have four to eight bunks. Three additional rustic bunkhouses offer sleeping for 24 in bunks in each structure. For more information on the cabins at Wilderness State Park click here.
To view pictures of the Waugoshance Rustic Cabin please click here.
Rustic Site:

Campground: Wilderness-Group Use Area

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

Activities & Facilities at Wilderness-Group Use Area

Group Use Area: Rustic bunkhouses sleep 24.
Vault Toilet:
Rustic Site:








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