Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee

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Orchard Beach State Park is a 201acre state park in Manistee Township, just north of Manistee, Michigan. Situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the park offers a beach, campground and hiking trails.HistoryThe park was developed by the Manistee, Filer City and Eastlake Railway Company and opened in 1892. After the company stopped trolley service to the park, the site was purchased by the Manistee Board of Commerce and deeded to the state to become part of the Michigan state park system.The National Register of Historic Places has called the park "one of the most intact examples of a Michigan state park developed in the 1930s and 1940s under National Park Service guidelines.... retain the majority of its CCC-era buildings and physical layout."The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 2009. The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of December 18, 2009.Facilities Camping - 166 modern sites, 1 cabin Picnic Area Picnic Shelter - Reservation required PlaygroundActivities Swimming Fishing Hiking - 3mi Cross Country Skiing Metal DetectingNearby Points of Interest Manistee Trolley Rides
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  • July 31, 2017
    We set up our trailer and a large tent on these very spacious campsites. The fire rings are very nice and the facilities are very clean. The park has a nice trail with a large meadow (where a deer ran...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    This is a lovely campground, lots of families, very friendly -- but the high lake levels have encroached on the beach, which was completely covered with water in many places. Plan to visit, but plan t...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    My family stopped at this place while exploring the shores of Lake Michigan starting from Leelanau down to Muskegon. This place has a beautiful shoreline which is untouched by beach-goers. It's a grea...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    Nice campground. Not too big. Lots of trees and sites are a good size. The water level has went up so no more beach unfortunately. Bathrooms could use an update.
  • July 9, 2017
    Great smaller campground. Has a beautiful view overlooking lake Michigan...nice steps down to the water to watch the sunset. As for laying on the beach we traveled down the road to 5th avenue beach it was lovely.
  • July 8, 2017
    Nice clean park. Few level lots. Not really big rig friendly. No real beach area. Wonderful lake veiw. Att. Cell phone no or very little coverage. Does have limited full hook up lots.
  • June 24, 2017
    Such a nice campground! Great prices! Super close to a really nice beach on 5th ave! Access to the lake not so much lol. Stairs lead straight into the lake. 😂 but overall a very nice clean campground!
  • June 15, 2017
    My home State Park so I'm a little burnt out on the trails, but I try not to take it for granted. If you like camping right on the big lake I recommend it.

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