National Parks in Michigan

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There are five national park service sites in Michigan. None of these sites are shared with other states.

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NPS Sites Michigan
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Isle Royale National Park

national park service sites in Michigan

This national park was established in 1940 and covers over half a million acres in land area. As one of the national park service sites in Michigan, the park is administered by the National Park Service. The Lake Superior is the main feature of the park, along with its surrounding ecosystem. The island near Lake Superior is known for the immigrant wolves and moose that inhabit the wilderness.

Despite being slightly remote in location, several tourists flock to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. In fact, it is also a popular destination for backpackers and campers. The average visit in the park is about 4 hours while there are also campers who stay in the park for up to 3 days. The landscape in the park is rugged and untamed. Hence, this park might be for serious and experienced trail hikers only. For those interested to visit the park, it is closed from November until mid-April. The best time to go is from June to September.

Keweenaw National Historical Park

This is another unit of the NPS in Michigan, which was established in 1992. The park commemorates the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Some parts of the park have been privatized in 2009. The establishment of this park aims to protect and preserve the oldest and largest lava flow on Earth. It is located in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. This is the only volcanic activity in the world wherein native copper was produced within the area. In addition, the Keweenaw Peninsula is also the site of prehistoric aboriginal copper mining is found.

This park is currently managed by the US National Park Service along with some private and non-profit organizations.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

This is another one of the national park service sites in Michigan that encompasses an area near Lake Superior. This site is also considered a Michigan State Historic Site. The park itself was established in 1965 and covers more than 73,000 acres in land area. It covers a scenic hilly shoreline featuring various rock formations, waterfalls, sand dunes, and natural archways.

When Pictured Rocks was named as the National Lakeshore by the US Congress in 1966, it was the first ever designation of its kind. An average of more than 400,000 tourists visits the park every year.

River Raisin National Battlefield Park

This is another unit from the US National Park Service in Michigan that is also listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Located in Monroe, Michigan, this national park is of historical importance as the site of the Battle of Frenchtown. Nearly 400 Americans were killed during this historic battle and more than 500 were taken as prisoners by the British Army and Indian Coalition during the 1812 War. This site was listed as a Michigan Historic Site in 1956 but was recognized as a national historic site in 1982. In 2009, the House of Representatives elevated its distinction as a national park unit and the area covered has been expanded. There are certain parts of the park wherein public access is prohibited.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

This is another national lakeshore included in this list of national park service sites in Michigan. It is located in Empire, Michigan and was established in 1970. The property covers the 35-mile long eastern coastline of the Lake Michigan. The outstanding natural features within the site have earned its recognition as a national lakeshore, which includes dune formations, ancient glacial phenomena, beaches, and forests.

There are also several cultural features within the site such as a rural farmhouse district, the 19th century South Manitou Island Lighthouse and abandoned Coast Guard stations.

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