What to do in Harrisville State Park

Harrisville State Park, located on the shores of Lake Huron, was established in 1921. It is one of the oldest parks within the Michigan State Park system. The original landmass was a mere 6 acres. Today, the park boasts 107 acres highlighted by a number of developed facilities for the year-round day and overnight guest.

Harrisville State Park is within a short drive of several popular area attractions. Among them are the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse and Museum, the resort town of Harrisville and Negwegon State Park. For art and music lovers, there is a summer concert series on Wednesday nights at the harbor and a Labor Day Weekend Art and Music Show in the town of Harrisville. The park holds an annual sand sculpture contest on the last Saturday in July.

The park does not offer any facilities for boating or fishing, but a DNR boating access site in Harrisville allows direct access to Lake Huron's tremendous offshore fishing opportunities.

Harrisville State Park features a 229-site campground nestled in a stand of pine and cedar trees along the sandy shores of Lake Huron. The park has two modern bathhouses, two mini-cabins, one featuring a salt box design and contains an electric heater. The other mini-cabin is an A-frame and has a wood-burning stove. Both mini-cabins have electricity, a fire ring outside, and an outdoor grill. Each cabin is furnished with two sets of bunk beds and a table. The mini-cabins are designed to sleep four comfortably. Camping facilities are open from April 15 to November 1.

Meandering through stately forest is the Cedar Run Nature Trail, a two-mile route that was originally carved into the woodland as early as 1945. Other day use features include a swimming beach, beach house, picnic area, softball diamond, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, basketball court, children's playground, and group shelter.

Specific features of Harrisville State Park include the well-known annual sand sculpture contest held the last Saturday in July. Park visitors are given a rare opportunity to walk to the resort town of Harrisville. A short drive carries visitors to several popular area attractions including the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse and Museum, and Negwegon State Park, a remote destination for hikers and hunters. For art and music lovers, there is a summer concert series on Wednesday nights at the harbor and a Labor Day Weekend Art and Music Show in the town of Harrisville.

The park does not offer any facilities for boating or fishing. However, there is a boat ramp in Harrisville that allows direct access to Lake Huron's tremendous offshore fishing opportunities.

Recreation
Visitors to this 107-acre state park are invited to sightsee, swim, hike, camp and enjoy a short walk to Harrisville. A boat launch onto Lake Huron is located in Harrisville.

Camping
Harrisville- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 195 site(s), $25/$23

Trail
Harrisville-Cedar Run Nature Trail - 2 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Location
Harrisville State Park is located just off US-23 a half mile south of the M-72 intersection in Harrisville.

Climate
Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 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
248 State Park Road
P.O. Box 326
Harrisville, MI 48740

Phone: 989-724-5126


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