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Wilson State Park

Situated on 36 wooded acres with a sandy beach on Budd Lake, Wilson State Park is located on the north end of Budd Lake in Clare County. The park was originally the site of the Wilson Brothers Sawmill and Company Store, which thrived in the late 1800s.
Main Number: (989) 539-3021 | TTY Number (text): 711 (Michigan Relay Center)
910 N. First Street, P.O Box 333
Harrison 48625 County: Clare
Google Map of Wilson State Park
Driving Directions: From South: US -127 to south Harrison Exit, right 3.5 miles to park; From North: US -127 to north Harrison exit, right 4 miles to park.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Approx Size: 36 Acres
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
Offering: MODERN TEEPEE LODGE MINICABIN
Area Information:

No hunting is allowed in Wilson State Park, but there are thousands of acres of state land which are open to hunting only a few miles away. Grouse, woodcock, squirrel, rabbit, deer, and bear are all popular game animals in the surrounding hunting areas.

In the winter, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are the major winter recreation activities around the park. There is also downhill skiing at Snowsnake Mountain, winter hiking, and golfing at the annual Frost Bite Open Golf Tournament on Budd Lake.

The Clare County Fairgrounds are across from the park and host many activities in the summer months including the County Fair, Michigan Bow Hunters Rendezvous, Monster Truck Show and the Exhibitors Exposition. Other local activities are miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, go-carts, canoeing on the Muskegon River, golf, biking and nature observation.


For more information about local events and attractions please visit the Harrison Chamber of Commerce webpage by clicking here.

Facilities at Wilson State Park

Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.: Provides restrooms for swimmers.
Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills: The day use area has a sandy beach with a pavilion and a picnic shelter. Fire pits/grills available.
Picnic Shelter(s): Shelters can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
Lodges, mini cabins, camper cabins and rustic cabins: This modern lodge features a half bath, plus a 3/4 bath, one queen-sized bed, one set of bunk beds, one queen-sized futon, stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cooking utensils, TV with DVD player, and a gas log fire place. The lodge rents for $90 per night on Friday and Saturday with a two night minimum on weekends. And Sunday through Thursday nights the rent is $80/night. The lodge sleeps six, please remember to bring your own bedding. To make a reservation or to learn more about this great lodge please contact the park at (989) 386-4067.
Beach:
Electrical Service:
Group Use Area:
Flush toliets and showers.:
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:

Activities at Wilson 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.
Swimming:
Fishing: Budd Lake, a 175- acre lake, boasts great fishing. A large fish population of muskellunge, bass, panfish, perch and walleye inhabit the lake. Besides fishing, pleasure boating and water-skiing are also popular activities on Budd Lake. A modern concrete launch ramp is located outside the park on the south end of the lake and mooring is allowed along the lakes shoreline

Campgrounds at Wilson State Park


Campground: Wilson-Modern

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $22
  • Total Number of Sites: 158
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: MODERN MINICABIN

Activities & Facilities at Wilson-Modern

Electrical Service:
Mini Cabin: Provides sleeping for four with bunk beds, a table with four chairs, a fire circle, cooking grill, picnic table and a concrete patio.
Flush toliets and showers.: Flush toilets and showers.
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:

Campground: Wilson-Group Use Area

  • Camper Fee Per Night: Contact the park
  • Total Number of Sites: 5
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

Activities & Facilities at Wilson-Group Use Area

Group Use Area:
Rustic Site:

Campground: Wilson-Modern Lodge

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $85-$100
  • Total Number of Sites: 1
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: MODERN LODGE
Available May 8-November 23, 2015, this modern lodge features a half bath, plus a 3/4 bath, one queen-sized bed, one set of bunk beds, one queen-sized futon, stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cooking utensils, TV with DVD player, and a gas log fire place. The lodge rents for $100 per night on Friday and Saturday with a 2-night minimum on weekends. Sunday-Thursday nights the rent is $85/night. The lodge sleeps six, please remember to bring your own bedding. To make a reservation or to learn more about this lodge please call 989-386-4067 (Dec 2014-April 15, 2015) or 989-539-3021 (April 15, Nov. 30, 2015).

Activities & Facilities at Wilson-Modern Lodge

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