Burt Lake State Park

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Explore Burt Lake State Park's 400 acres of hiking, horseback riding, fishing and cross country skiing. Bring along your four-legged friend as they are welcome on the trails to explore the elements with you.

Just 30 minutes from historic Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, there are plenty of activities for all of your campers. With ferry rides, carriage rides and various lakeside activities, your whole family will be begging to tag along. Have you ever wanted to walk along the largest suspension bridge in the US? If you plan to visit over Labor Day weekend, you can join over 50,000 others and walk the bridge during the Annual Bridge Walk. It is an experience you won't want to miss.

Burt Lake State Park is situated along multiple rivers and lakes with over 38 miles to float down. The Inland Waterway is the perfect place for boating and water enthusiasts, with jet skiing, tubing and dining at various points. Your little explorers will also enjoy becoming a Junior Ranger with the various activities and tasks throughout the park. Your visit will surely be one your family will not forget.

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Transportation in Burt Lake State Park


RV access is available throughout the park and encouraged. Roads are generally well maintained without overly sharp turns or low clearances. If you plan to venture outside of the park, it is encouraged to bring an additional vehicle to ensure proper access.


There are various picnic areas throughout the park if you are passing through to park your RV while visiting.

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Campsites in Burt Lake State Park

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Petoskey KOA

You won’t find a prettier place to stay in northwest Michigan than the Petoskey KOA. It’s one of the highest rated parks in the country. Lake Michigan and the Sand Dunes are only a few minutes away. The park spreads out over 30 acres of a natural, tranquil setting. All RV campsites have level paved parking spots and a patio with full hookups. Guests can take advantage of movie nights, bingo, snack bar, swimming pool, hot tub and more. Plus Mackinac Island and the Lighthouse Museum are an easy day trip from the campground.

Burt Lake State Park

With over 306 campsites, there are plenty to choose from. Be sure to book your next adventure in advance as it does tend to get busy during the summer and fall. Electric and water hook-ups available for RV campers up to 45'. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made six months in advance.

Pull-thru campsites are perfect for small and large RV rigs. Electric 20 & 30 amp hook-up available and sanitation station. There are group sites available if you are planning a large group trip.

The in-season camping is considered from April - November 26th. Early in the season, you may be one of the only campers, then as the season progresses the campground tends to fill up quickly. Be sure to call ahead to make sure the campground is open, weather could delay opening the campground for the season. Maximum stay is 15 days.

First-come first-served

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Mackinac Island

Historic Mackinac Island is just 30 minutes away and can be accessed by ferry. The sites and smells of this island will create lasting memories for your entire crew. From handmade taffy or homemade crafts, you will learn about the rich history behind this beautiful island.

At various times in the season, there are various festivals and events to take part in. Also, be sure to check out the famous Grand Hotel that overlooks the bay. You will be sure to make this a forever memorable place during your visit.


Shoreline fishing is available on the northern end of the park on the Sturgeon River. Depending on when you visit you may catch walleye, perch, bass, trout, bluegill and many more.

Fishing is a big pastime along the Inland waterway, with over 38 miles of rivers and waterways to explore. Be sure to pick up your multi-day fishing pass at any of the ranger stations within Burt Lake State Park.


Burt Lake State Park is ideal for viewing the Michigan landscape. With regularly scheduled nature events throughout the season, each day will allow for new sights.

The foot trail is approximately a mile long and is perfect for the whole family. Cross country skiing is also available on the hiking trail However, the trail may not be maintained in the winter.


Ice Fishing

There are various areas around Michigan and the state park where you can ice fish. There are guides in the ranger stations with the best areas to fish. If ice fishing is your idea of a good time, check with the locals for the best spots.

Fishing is a big past time along the Inland waterway, with over 38 miles of rivers and waterways to explore. Be sure to pick up your multi-day fishing pass at any of the ranger stations within Burt Lake State Park.

Cross in The Woods National Shrine

Visit the world's largest crucifix at Cross in The Woods National Shrine. Walk the church grounds and view the tall pines. You can visit the park year-round, but winter time is sure to bring a special beauty.

You can enjoy daily readings by one of the bishops, or simply just relax in the chapel. You can create your own relaxing getaway with this visit. Hours vary depending on the time of year you visit so check their website beforehand.

Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing is an amazing way to view the scenery along the Burt Lake State Park foot trail. You will want to check out the conditions before venturing out as the trails are not maintained in the winter.

You'll ski along the beach shoreline and take in the pure landscape of upper Michigan. Pets are not allowed along this trail, but they can keep your RV cozy while you are away.

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