What to do in Burt Lake State Park

Resting on the southeast shores of Burt Lake, one of Michigan's famed Inland waterway lakes, this park offers great fishing and boating opportunities throughout the year. The lake's expansive size totals 17,120 acres. Nine miles in length, anglers are afforded plenty of room to test their skill. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy camping, boating, fishing, sight-seeing and many more activities in the beautiful area. Developed park amenities are limited to camping.

The world's largest "Cross in the Woods" is located near the park. Historic Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are about 30 miles north on I-75. Hiking, cross-country skiing, ORV and snowmobiling trails are located nearby, along with many golf courses and restaurants.

Activities enjoyed by Burt Lake State Park visitors center on the 17,000-acre lake. Well known for its access to fine fishing waters, folks come to the park to boat, fish, swim, relax and gaze across the endless sky. Over 2,000 feet of sandy shore provides a summertime swimming experience. Campers enjoy sites from April 1 to December 1, with no modern facilities available the first and last months. The official park season is dependent upon snowfall.

Recreations pursued at Burt Lake State Park include swimming, fishing, boating, camping, and cross-country skiing.

Burt Lake- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 306 site(s), $24-Modern/$16-Semi Modern (off season)
Burt Lake- Group Use Area - (231) 238-9392, site(s), Contact the park

Burt Lake-Foot Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Burt Lake-Inland Waterway - 38 (Miles), Vault Toilet, Swimming, Boat Launch

Burt Lake State Park is located in Michigan's northern area of the lower peninsula. The park rests on Burt Lake's southern shore. To reach the park travel M-68 for a quarter mile west of Interstate 75 near Indian River.

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.

6635 State Park Drive
Indian River, MI 49749

Phone: 231-238-9392

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