What to do in Onaway State Park

Onaway State Park is one of Michigan's oldest State Parks. Acquired from Presque Ise County and private donors in 1920, the park rests on the shores of the 10,310-acre Black Lake. Believed to be an area once frequented by the Chippewa Indians, the park encompasses 158 acres of rugged but picturesque land, including sand and cobblestone beaches, large unique rock outcroppings and a variety of conifers and hardwoods.

Onaway State Park is located on the sand and cobblestone shores of Black Lake. This large 10,000-acre lake is a favorite boating and fishing site. Year-round activities abound at the park including the popular Black Lake Sturgeon Shivaree, a festival in February featuring ice fishing, snowmobile racing and other winter activities.

The park's campground is limited to 85 campsites nestled among virgin white pines. The area features electric hookups, modern bathhouse and sanitation station. The modern bathhouse facilities are open May 1 to November 1.

Three miles of hiking trails carry the user to the park's beautiful natural features.

Additional park amenities include a children's playground, boat launch, and an enclosed picnic pavilion overlooking Black Lake. The site is perfect for the special gathering including family reunions. A small fee reserves the building.

There are a variety of natural and historic attractions located near the park. The highest waterfalls in Michigan's Lower Peninsula are only 10 miles east of the park and a variety of natural sink holes are located only 15 miles south of the park. Old Mill Creek Historic State Park and Fort Michilimackinac, a 1700s community, are only about 45 miles away. Another favorite is the Black Mountain Recreation Area, a mere 5 miles away featuring a 30 mile trail with rolling to hilly terrain, offering hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and camping nearby at Black Lake or Twin Lakes.

Outdoor recreations at Onaway State Park include hiking, fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, group picnicking, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Enjoying special events is another outdoor favorite.

Onaway State Park is located in the northern area of Michigan's lower peninsula approximately six miles north of Onaway.

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.

3622 North M-211
Onaway, MI 49765

Phone: 989-733-8279

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