What to do in Interlochen State Park

The park was established as Michigan's first state park by the State Legislature in 1917, which paid $60,000 for the land. The name of the park was originally "Pine Park;" a 200-acre public park which was created to preserve the virgin white pine stand for the people of Michigan. In 1928, the National Music Camp was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park.

The Interlochen Center for the Arts is adjacent to the park. Renowned musicians perform concerts year round. Schedules can be obtained online or by phoning (231) 276-7200, or (231) 276-9221.

Two nearby canoe liveries rent canoes. Riverside Canoe Livery on the Platte River can be contacted by calling (231) 325-5622 and Alvina's Canoe Rental on the Betsie River can be reached at (231) 276-9514.

Also popular at Interlochen State Park is the Three Discipline Triathlon Event hosted each July.

Interlochen State Park is situated between Duck and Green Lakes. Water related sports include boating, sailboating, canoeing, swimming, power boating, and fishing. The park maintains three boat launches, one on each loop of the modern campground and a third at the rustic campground off of Green Lake. Rowboats can be rented at the park store for those visitors who would like to take a relaxing journey onto one of Interlochen's lakes. Anglers can look forward to catching their share of bass, pike, and bluegill. Green Lake supports populations of smelt and northern pike.

Interlochen State Park has 490 campsites. The campground along Duck Lake offers 428 modern sites on two loops on each side of the day use area. The remaining sites are located at the rustic campground on Green Lake. Two mini-cabins, one located in the north camp and the other in the south camp, come equipped with two bunk beds, a table with four chairs, a standup closet, and a three-drawer dresser. Outside the cabins there is a fire ring and a picnic table. Camping facilities are open April 15 to November 1.

There is also an interpretive display of the l890s logging era which can be found next to the set of logging wheels in the organizational campground at the center of the park.

The day use area of Interlochen State Park has a large picnic area, children's playground, park store, volleyball court, video arcade, a beach and swimming area.

The Pines Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretive foot trail adjacent to the rustic campground and the south campground. The trail is highlighted with 16 interpretive stops that correspond with a brochure available to visitors at the park headquarters.

The most popular winter activities in Interlochen State Park are cross-country skiing and smelt fishing. There is quite a bit of cross-country skiing, which occurs on the park's interior roadways each winter. The trails are not groomed, but are clearly visible.

The National Music Camp is adjacent to the park. Renowned musicians perform concerts from June through August. Schedules can be obtained by phoning 231-276-6230 or 231-276-9221.
There are two canoe liveries that rent canoes. Riverside Canoe Livery on the Platte River can be contacted by calling 616-325-5622 and Alvina's Canoe Rental on the Betsie River can be reached at 616-276-9514.

Interlochen State Park offers the visitor a range of recreations: swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, playground fun, cabin lodging, camping, volleyball court, video arcade, summer concert series and winter cross-country skiing.

Interlochen Green Lake-Rustic - (800) 447-2757, 52 site(s), $10
Interlochen Duck Lake -Modern - (800) 447-2757, 428 site(s), $21/$19
Interlochen-Group Use Area - (231) 276-9511, Contact the park

Interlochen-Pines Nature Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Interlochen State Park is located on a slender slice of land between Duck Lake and Green Lake, southwest of Traverse City on M-137.

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.

Interlochen, MI 49643

Phone: 231-276-9511

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