What to do in Brimley State Park

Brimley State Park is one of the oldest state parks in the region, established in 1923. The initial 38 acres were a gift from the Village of Brimley, with the remaining acreage acquired through purchase or exchange. Today, the park boasts 151 acres with 269 campsites, hiking trails, and lake access. Electric and water systems were added in 1947.

Tahquamenon Falls, two national fish hatcheries, the Hiawatha National Forest, Mackinac Island State Park, the Tower of History, the Museum of Ship Valley Camp, the Soo Locks, the Coast Guard Station, the International Bridge and the Mackinaw Bridge are all within the local area or a short drive from the park.

Brimley State Park features a 269-site modern campground as well as a mini-cabin and a beautiful swimming beach on Lake Superior's Whitefish Bay. There are three modern bathhouses with hot and cold running water and one accessible unit for those with special needs. Both sunny and shady campsites are available. The campground facilities open from April 15 to December 1 with no modern toilets the first and last month. The handicapped accessible mini-cabin sleeps four on bunk beds, has electricity, picnic table and fire ring.

Day users will find a very grassy area with picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, shelter and restrooms. The beautiful beach is a favorite summer swimming destination.

A boat launch is available for the boating enthusiast, which provides access to Whitefish Bay. St. Marys River and the Waiska River are a short boat ride from the launch. These waters offer the angler fishing for whitefish, perch, northern pike, bass and walleye.

Hunting is allowed in the park, south of 6 Mile Road. Close to the park, hunters can find snowshoe hare, deer, black bear and ruffed grouse hunting on thousands of acres of State Forest and National Forest lands.

An abandoned railroad grade located near the park can be used for hiking. The North Country Trail is within driving distance of the park.

Although closed in the winter, Brimley State Park is accessible for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Within the local area visitors can explore Tahquamenon Falls, two national fish hatcheries, Hiawatha National Forest, Mackinac Island Historic Park, the Tower of History, the Museum Ship Valley Camp, the Soo Locks, the Coast Guard Station, the International Bridge and the Mackinaw Bridge. A scenic view of the Canadian highlands can be seen north of the park.

Recreation
Brimley State Park is a seasonal park affording hiking, camping, cabin lodging, swimming, picnicking, playground fun, boating, and fishing. Snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are welcome to use the park in the off-season.

Camping
Brimley- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 237 site(s), $23/$21 Semi Modern-$16

Location
Brimley State Park can be found west of Sault Ste Marie on the shores of Whitefish Bay, one mile east of Brimley on 6 Mile Road.

Climate
The Straits normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 18 degrees F (-10 to -8 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Address
9200 W 6 Mile Road
Brimley, MI 49715-9288

Phone: 906-248-3422

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