With a blissful setting on picturesque Mullett Lake, Aloha State Park is an idyllic waterside escape, surrounded by 107 acres of ash trees, sandy beaches and scenic pathways for hiking, biking and horse riding. Located in Cheboygan County, Michigan, the park offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation whether you choose to spend your days fishing, boating or simply relaxing beside the lake with a picnic – all in all, you couldn’t choose a more idyllic location for your next RV holiday.
Once you’ve set up camp, you can set out and explore or sit back and admire the lake views. A number of campsites sit right on the water’s edge and you’ll have to book early to grab one of these coveted spots. A fisherman’s paradise, the lake brims in lake trout and sturgeon and is great for year-round fishing. If you’re feeling energetic, the North Eastern State Trail runs through Aloha State Park and can be used year-round too. During the summer, this gravel path is used by hikers, bikers and horse riders while in the winter it’s groomed for snowmobiling.
You’ll find everything you need at Aloha State Park – two swimmable sandy beaches, a boat launching pad and boat basin for docking your boat overnight, as well as a store providing firewood, ice cream and fresh doughnuts in the mornings. Let the kids loose to enjoy the three play areas that offer a swing set, baseball field, horseshoe pits and volleyball and basketball courts. The campsites are RV friendly and while not all of them offer electrical hook ups, you can make use of the sanitation station and modern communal bathrooms. Besides, the lake views are reason enough to disconnect.
Aloha State Park is easy to access by RV or car, since it is located just off the M-33 Highway, the shortest highway in Michigan. Local roads within the park are paved, leading to the contact station, park headquarters, sanitation station and the campground. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park, so you’ll be able to navigate the park easily, whether you’re in your rig or another vehicle.
There are two main spots for parking RVs and boat trailers in the park. You’ll be able to find spots at the contact station as you drive in, as well as spots for parking your boat trailer at the boat basin. If you’re staying overnight, you can also park your RV or other large vehicle overnight.
The Aloha State Park campground has a total of 285 campsites, some of which are paved and offer electrical hook ups for 50 amps only. There are plenty of waterfront campsites right on the edge of the lake but you’ll have to book early to grab one of these coveted spots. Amenities at the campground include convenience store, modern bathrooms with hot showers, central water, picnic shelters, a boat launch pad and a sanitation station, and each site has a picnic table and fire pit. Kids will love the swing set, baseball field and volleyball and basketball courts. You can stay up to 15 days at a time.
Aloha State Park is home to two beautiful swimming beaches. Both of them have soft, sandy bottoms and a shallow incline from the shore, making them very easy to access for swimmers of all ages. Bring along your inflatable devices and suntan as you bob on the water of the lake, or pack a waterside picnic to enjoy on the beach. Please note that while the park is pet-friendly, pets are not allowed at any of the swimming beaches in the park, but there is a special designated swimming area for dogs.
For hiking enthusiasts, the Aloha State Park is skirted by the scenic North Eastern State Trail. The gravel trail is 71 miles long and leads along the former Detroit and Mackinac Railway through wetlands, woodland, small towns and farmlands dotted with small lakes. Take your time to admire the views as you stroll on foot but keep an eye on where you’re walking as there are many roots and stones that can trip you up. There are several picnic tables located along the track so pack a picnic and have a good rest.
A boat launching pad on-site makes boating at Aloha State Park a breeze. There’s also a large basin where you can park your boat securely at night alongside your campsite for easy access. While Mullett Lake is very popular among fishermen who enjoy fishing the waters for lake trout and sturgeon, you can also bring your speedboat along and enjoy tubing and waterskiing. If you don’t own your own boat, you can easily rent anything from kayaks and paddle boards to pontoons nearby.
Aloha State Park’s Mullett Lake is a favorite spot for fishermen who enjoy angling these waters all year round. But in the wintertime, ice fishing is something truly spectacular where you can enjoy this peaceful recreation combined with the enchanting views of the snowy landscape. While walleye, perch and bass fishing is the main draw card for anglers at Mullett Lake in Michigan, you’ll also find a variety of other species, such as white crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, northern pike and more. As the park has its own boating pad, you can bring along your own fishing boat.
When coldness descends on Aloha State Park in the wintertime, the surrounding trails once used for hiking and biking are groomed for exciting activities in the snow. Most noteworthy is the North Eastern State Trail, once operated as a railroad by the Detroit and Mackinac Railway. Its 71 miles are groomed for snowmobiling and sledding and riders can enjoy incredible views of Mullett Lake along the last seven or so miles across the M-27 towards the city of Cheboygan. If you’re feeling up to it, the trail continues further along the North Central State Trail.
Aloha State Park is prime real estate for mountain bikers. The 71 mile North Eastern State Trail is great for trail rides with so much to see along the way – just be sure to pack a puncture kit. The gravel trail is dotted with small lakes, villages, woodland and patchworks of farmland – just don’t be surprised if you cross paths with small woodland and farmland creatures like squirrels, goats and chickens along the way.