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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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  • once the campground filled up, it felt like you where often on others sites that where next to you. check in here was quick and easy, our site was pretty level , we were in the inside of the loop, wou...  more »
  • A pretty but looking worn state park right on Lake Michigan but with little to no beach. The lake is right at the bottom of very high bluffs. The views are great. The lots are large but very open. The...  more »
  • Stayed here for a week, and it was beautiful. Quiet campground in the fall. Hot showers, large sites. Only issues, beach was closed & there is no warning for water shut off.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.