Brimley State Park
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Introduction

Brimley State Park is a 151-acre state park on the sandy shores of Whitefish Bay at the eastern end of Lake Superior in Michigan. Established in 1923, it's one of the oldest state parks in the Upper Peninsula, yet campers still descend on this family-friendly campground all year round.

Surrounded by grassy lawns and a peaceful lake, outdoor recreation abounds at Brimley State Park. Spend your days fishing, boating and swimming in the warm waters of Lake Superior, or making use of the park’s acreage for hiking in summer and skiing in winter. The campground is perfect for traditional campers and RVs with well-paved roads for biking and a playground for kids. Families will love picnicking here and meeting all sorts of wildlife such as tame chipmunks.

Brimley State Park is a popular destination for year-round RV camping but please be advised that a Recreation Passport is required to enter the park – you can apply for these easily online. Kindly note that reservations are necessary in the summertime, especially if you have a big rig.

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Transportation in Brimley State Park

Driving

You can easily reach Brimley State Park by driving in or boating in. Located off 6 Mile Road, 30 minutes from Sault St. Marie along the coast of Lake Huron, the campsite has paved roads that are great for biking. A boat launch area also makes it easy to get on the water. There are no driving restrictions within the park, but previous campers have warned of tight campsites that can make maneuvering a large rig rather tricky. If you have a big rig, be sure to book and arrive early to get the larger spots that have limited availability.

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Campgrounds and parking in Brimley State Park

Campsites in Brimley State Park

Reservations camping

Main Campground

Brimley State Park is a popular spot for campers and RV holidaymakers. A total of 237 modern campsites offer electricity hookups only with 50 amps but water filling stations and a dump station are available nearby. There are some pull-through sites for RVs and big rigs. Campers also have access to three restrooms with hot showers and vault toilets. There is also a mini cabin for those who prefer not to camp.

Other facilities in the park include a sandy beach, picnic area, picnic shelter, a ranger station, boat launch area, and a playground for kids. Directly across from the campsite is a small IGA store where you can pick up essentials.

Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance and day use shelters up to a year in advance. You cannot stay any longer than 15 consecutive nights. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Brimley State Park

In-Season

Hunting

While hunting is prohibited within Brimley State Park itself, campers and visitors can hunt for snowshoe deer, black bear, and ruffled grouse on State Forest Land to the south of 6 Mile Road. Please note that an annual base license is required for every resident or nonresident who hunts in any of Michigan's state parks.

Water Recreation

Campers and day visitors alike can look forward to a wealth of water activities at Brimley State Park. There is a boat ramp available within the state park for those who wish to launch their own watercraft – activities like water skiing and tubing are popular amongst families. For those without their own boat, the sandy beach is a great place to enjoy swimming in the summer months. Did you know that Brimley has some of the warmest swimming areas on Lake Superior?

Fishing

Fishing is one of the most popular in-season activities at Brimley State Park. Anglers can look forward to catching whitefish, perch, northern pike, and walleye in the nearby rivers and bays – perfect for a tasty meal over the campfire. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, there are also plenty of trout streams within a half hour drive of Brimley State Park. Please note that you will require a license to fish in any of Michigan's state parks.

Off-Season

Cross-Country Skiing

The abandoned railroad corridor that runs along the edge of the park is used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier, you will also find nine miles of groomed trails to suit you along the nearby Algonquin Pathway on West 16th Avenue. Annual family fun days are held on the trail where visitors can ski any of the loops at their own pace.

Metal Detecting

The sandy beach and the campsites are great places to enjoy a little metal detecting – lost coins and pieces of jewellery are often found here. In fact, the beach is the best place for metal detecting as the porous sand allows for deeper and more accurate detecting. Plus, if you do find something, it’s a lot easier to dig up! While metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreational activity, please be sure that you don't damage the natural and cultural resources in the park. If you do find anything, please note that you will have to pass it on to park staff for a review and it may be kept for further investigation.

Hiking

Brimley State Park itself does not actually have any marked or designated hiking trails. However, campers and day visitors can use the abandoned railroad corridor that runs alongside the park for hiking, and even cross-country skiing in the winter months. The shoreline along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay is also a popular spot for lazy strolls along the beachfront. You never know what you may find at low tide.

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