If you are looking for a quiet place to stay in an awesome location in the Mackinaw area, seek no farther! Located just over the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace, Michigan is Straits State Park. Offering beautiful views of the bridge and the converging waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, this is an excellent place to visit or camp!
History of Straits State Park
The park was opened in 1924 for visitors as a day use park. This was years before the construction of the Mackinac Bridge which did not open until 1957. As camping became a more popular option for tourists in the 1940s, tent sites were added as overnight lodging.
By the 1950s, 32 tent sites and 90 travel trailer spots were available to travelers. After the construction of the Mackinac Bridge in 1957, the park was a popular place to both visit and stay.
Currently there are over 250 sites for camping. Some offer full hookups while others offer primitive tent sites. Even a few lakefront sites are an option for visitors. During my stay at the park we were fortunate enough to get a site right on Lake Huron overlooking the Straits of Mackinac.
Visiting Straits State Park
Probably one of my most favorite campgrounds I’ve ever stayed at is Straits State Park. Not only are these sites well cared for they also offer beautiful views of the woods and water. If you do not have a travel trailer or tent, there are also two cabins available for rent at the park.
Hiking, swimming as well as playgrounds are all wonderful activities to explore while visiting Straits State Park. On your stay be sure to visit the Father Marquette Memorial that acknowledges one of Michigan’s first founding settlers.
For current rates, hours and admission prices please visit https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=427.
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