What to do in Wells State Park

The park, established in 1925, was donated to the State of Michigan by the children of John Walter Wells, a pioneer lumberman in the area. In addition to owning several lumber companies and sawmills, he served a mayor of Menominee for three terms beginning in 1893. Many of the park's buildings, landscaping and water and sewage systems were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 1940s. The park is open year round, even when the campground is closed, providing opportunities for winter recreation such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.

Coming soon, Wells State Park will be opening a modern lodge that will sleep 12 and rent for $1,000 per week. Contact the park for more information.

Hunting is available in the surrounding Escanaba River State Forest land adjacent to the park.

Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.

Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.

Lake Michigan Beach

The best brown trout fishing in Michigan can be found right from the shore of the park in early April.

Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
A large picnic area is within walking distance to the campground and includes two picnic shelters, horseshoe courts, picnic tables, charcoal grills and a large playground. Two volleyball courts and a sandy beach complete the day-use areas of the park.
Two picnic shelters are available for rent, contact the park for reservations.

Seven miles of hiking trails also offer three rustic trailside shelters for places to rest on the hike.

Cross Country Ski
In winter the seven miles of hiking trails with three rustic trailside shelters are open for cross country skiing. Trails are not groomed.

A modern boat ramp and charter fishing services are available in nearby Cedar River. The area around the park offers great fishing for smallmouth bass, pike, walleye, panfish, trout and salmon. Deer are plentiful in Menominee County and deer hunters will find plenty of public land for hunting large and small game in the surrounding areas.

J. W. Wells- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 150 site(s), $19/$17/$16
J. W. Wells- Rustic Cabins - (906) 863-9747, site(s), $60/$80
J.W. Wells-Bay Stone Lodge - (906) 863-9747, 1 site(s), $170/night or $1,000 weekly

Wells-Cedar River Trail - 7 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

30 miles south of Escanaba, or 25 miles north of Menominee on M-35: 1 mile South of County Rd. G-12 and Cedar River

This state normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 to 80 degrees F. Nights can be cool in the northern reaches of the state with lows dipping near 50 degrees F. August and September are the wettest months on average. Fall temperatures begin to cool in mid September, which brings a spectacular fall foliage color change. Days are crisp and nights chilly during this time of year. Winters can be brutal in Michigan with lake-effect snows bringing 200 inches of snow to some areas in the Upper Peninsula. Spring reaches the southern regions of the state in late March and a few weeks later in the north. This time of year is also very wet with snow melt and spring rains.

N7670 Highway M-35
Cedar River, MI 49887

Phone: 906-863-9747

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