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McLain State Park lies on the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. Although much of the shoreline comprises of rocky outcrops, a stretch of land known as the Breakwaters is sandy and hospitable, and a popular area for swimming. With sparsely planted woods and rich green grasslands, McLain State Park is the perfect balance of woodland and water.

Lying halfway between the towns of Hancock and Calmut, McLain State Park is the ideal destination for anyone planning to book an RV in Houghton County. Renting an RV here is a year-round activity. Spend long summer days swimming and fishing on the lake’s shoreline, spring morning hiking between the pines and cross-country skiing in the winter snows.

Historically this area has built its reputation and fortune on the backs of its copper mining industry. Though many of these mines are no longer in use, local museums and sites still enlighten visitors on this historical tradition. Camping with an RV is considered the best way to enjoy all that the park and surrounding county have to offer.

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Getting Outdoors

How you experience the great outdoors varies from season to season when camping at McLain State Park. During the spring and summer months, kick back and relax on the shores of Lake Superior. Good fishing is to be had from the shores as the lake is home to many different species. Fish such as steelheads, coho salmon, and Kamloops rainbow trout are here in abundance. Windsurfing the breakwaters around the lake has long been a pastime of those visiting McLain State Park, and a great reason to get out into the water and cool off.

Numerous trails wind themselves through the rich woodland of McLain State Park so why not spend a fall day hiking through golden leaved trees. Bear Lake trail is open for hiking during the summer months and offers amazing views of Bear Lake itself. Alternatively, mountain biking these trails can offer their own delights. Each route is two miles long and offers its own scenic views of the lake and park. In fact, biking is so popular here that experienced riders bikers arrive from all over the state to test their mountain-biking skills against the trails of McLain State Park.

When visiting the park in the winter months strap on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the same network of trails. Cross-country skiing these trails during winter offers a whole new experience. Woodland turns into a winter paradise, and the shores of Lake Superior offer incredible views of majestic ice formations.

Camping At McLain State Park

Those with an RV rental in McLain State Park can choose between 98 spots split between two sites. The majority of the sites can accommodate even the biggest of rigs. However, none have pull-through accessibility.

Although generally slightly busier, request a location in the lakeside campground for easy access to the boat ramp and a number of water-based activities. Alternatively, for a slightly quieter and more tranquil experience, choose a site on one of the interior loops, organized under a canopy of trees.

For camper's convenience, eight water faucets are scattered throughout, although you may require a reasonably long water hose to use them. Alternatively, make use of the modern washroom that comes complete with flushing toilets and hot showers. More primitive toilet facilities can also be found along the campground. Additionally, some of the sites come equipped with 30 amp hookups, but make sure to request this when checking in.

Pets are welcome on McLain State Park RV campgrounds but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Exploring The Area

You will not have to venture far from McLain State Park to find where to take a good day trip Both Houghton County, and neighboring Keweenaw County offer plenty of options.

Witness the raw beauty of the earth's minerals and discover how they were formed with a visit to the A.E Seaman Mineral Museum. Located in the town of Houghton, the internationally recognized museum contains over 4,000 specimens. This includes the Guinness World Record seven tonne native copper slab on permanent loan from the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources.

Not far from Dollar Bay is the famous Quincy Mine. Once a fully working mining site, Quincy Mine now opens its doors to visitors wishing to educate themselves on this largely forgotten chapter in America's heritage. Thrill yourselves with a ride inside the mine on the Quincy Electric Reversible Mine Transport. Or, marvel at the Nordberg Steam Hoist, the largest steam-powered hoist engine ever built. Open seven days a week, Quincy Mine will enthrall as well as educate all that pass through its doors.

One of the most famous landmarks on local shores is the lighthouse at Copper Harbor. This mid-19th-century lighthouse is a fine example of early American construction and is open to the public during the summer months. A lighthouse tour is available, complete with a ride on a wooden double-ender launch. The boat leaves from the municipal pier in Copper Harbor, taking around fifteen minutes.

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