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Grand Mere State Park, Stevensville

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Grand Mere State Park is a state park in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Michigan near Stevensville. It is located adjacent to Interstate 94. Protected from Lake Michigan by the dunes to the west, the park has many natural features not found throughout the rest of the state. In 1976 it was designated a National Natural Landmark.The 985acre park is mostly wooded and has three geologically ancient inland lakes, left behind as the glaciers receded during the last ice age. At one time there were five such lakes, but two of the lakes have disappeared as a result of aquatic succession, and the remaining three can be seen to be slowly disappearing today.The dunes protecting the park also create a relatively cool environment that supports plants not normally seen in southern Michigan, some of which are classified as rare, threatened or endangered.The park has almost two miles of sandy beach, which can be reached only on foot by climbing over steep sand dunes. There are many trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, but most are neither posted nor maintained. (Biking on the trails is prohibited.) The trail conditions vary from loose sand to hard packed dirt. There are lots of hills including a large sand dune that was once used for off-road vehicles. Access to the dune by large, four-wheeled vehicles has been blocked with guard rails.Facilities and activitiesSwimmingHikingPicnickingPicnic AreaPicnic ShelterCross-country skiing
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  • A great place to get away from scheduled life. Enjoy the beach near by and there are trials great for walking your dog or a run.  more »
  • We were only on the northern part of the beach and can not speak for the facilities. The water level was very high, so the beach was quite limited. We found a few crinoids and just enjoyed the scenery...  more »
  • For a day hike, Grand Mere is the park. No cement but with basic toliet facilities. This is why one MUST visit for spiritual hike in the woods. Birds of many species, deer and fellow dog lovers one wi...  more »