Interlochen State Park is the State of Michigan's first officially recognized state park. Situated between two freshwater lakes (Green Lake and Duck Lake), it is a popular camping destination. It was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1917; $60,000 was paid for the land. Originally named Pine Park, the 187acre public park was created to preserve for future generations the virgin pine (Pinus strobus) stand. It is one of the few easily reached places in Michigan where old-growth (pre-European settlement) red pine can be found.In 1928, the National Music Camp was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park. It is located next to the Interlochen Center for the Arts.Also popular at Interlochen State Park is the Three Discipline Triathlon Event hosted each July.Facilities and activitiesSwimmingPlayground Fishing. Bass, pike and bluegill can be found in both lakes during the summer months. Smelt and pike are favorites of anglers who like ice fishing.PicnickingPicnic areaPicnic shelter. One picnic shelter is available for rent.Boating. Three launches are maintained in the park. Each loop of the campground on Duck Lake has an access site, and the third is located in the rustic campground on Green Lake.See Interlochen State Park and all Interlochen has to offer by arranging your trip with our Interlochen trip builder website .
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Interlochen State Park Reviews
We were locked out of the campgrounds at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore since we arrived to late to the area. We looked at a number of options and ended up staying at the campground at Interlo... more »
This is a world class music facility. Proteges and professionals alike perform routinely in a beautiful state park like location. Stop by and check it out if u are in the TVC area. more »
We stayed here with another family this summer. The sites that we were in was ok but there were lots of sites that we saw were great. The beach and lake were really nice and offered great kyacking. Fi... more »
Our first experience with Interlochen State Park has been a success! The four kids (ranging from 2-8 yrs) in our two family party had a highly enjoyable time playing in the woods, on the playground, and on the beach. The bathrooms were very well maintained even with the heavy Labor Day traffic. Staff was very friendly. Lots were spacious and shaded. I know a review talked about unlevel sites, however the majority of the park is flat. Park is within easy driving distance to Sleeping Bear Dunes and other northern destinations. We will definitely return!
For the most part, I really enjoyed my stay. The park employees are very friendly and the facilities are clean. I loved the lakes. There's a nice beach and multiple areas to launch a boat and nice fishing. The north campground is level and has a baseball field. The south campground has a considerable sized valley that makes for non-level campsites. All sites are pretty much dirt/sand covered and there are a lot of trees and shade. The trees can make it a bit difficult to corner/park large trailers. My only complaint would be the dumpsters. They are right alongside the exit roads for both campgrounds and they back up traffic. There are 2 grocery stores at the corner of 137 and 31 (about 2 miles from the campground) and Traverse City is 13 miles away (which was a convenient location to stay and attend the Cherry Festival). I wished there was a laundromat in Interlochen.
Great place to camp! I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the bathrooms however, the lights we always on so during the night time the moths and other bugs would get into the showers and would still be there in the morning when you went to shower, I wish the shower doors would close by themselves. Also we were upset about the 10:00PM "quiet hours" but it wasn't a big deal. With those 2 downsides it was a very nice place to camp, and my family enjoyed it very much.
We're first time campers and it was one night, so nothing really to compare it to to give 5 stars. However it was a very pleasurable experience and makes me want to definitely do it many times over! The grounds were clean, easy to navigate, children friendly, lake front was beautifully kept, staff were super friendly and helpful. The grounds were packed this weekend, but we didn't feel cramped at all. Bathrooms were immaculate compared to what I anticipated and had heard of from different camp ground experiences lol, so all in all this was a nice first time exposure and would recommend it to any family.
The park itself is nice and well maintained. Within walking distance to the Interlochen Music school. Close to Traverse City and other locations. This would have earned it at least a 3 or 4 star. However, it's the worse place to be if you want any quiet time just being outside. There are huge groups of people who take up 5-9 sites that party all day and night with little done to keep them quiet. We called the first night it got out of hand and a ranger did come out to quiet down the scream singing but now we have a second group so they are feeding off of one another. You would think the rangers would patrol more when they know there is a problem. It's 11:30 and I can hear the groups even with earplugs in. I don't think we will be back anytime soon if ever.
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