Muskallonge Lake State Park is located 28 miles northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217-acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake and the area is well known for its forests, lakes and streams. Muskallonge Lake State Park was the former site of Deer Park, a lumbering town in the late 1880s, and prior to its lumbering history, an Indian encampment. Muskallonge Lake was a mill pond for millions of white pine logs that were brought to it by railroad lines. By 1900, the virgin stands of pines were depleted, the mill was closed, and the lumbering operation moved away. All that remains as evidence of the lumbering community are piles of sawdust and a few partly submerged pine logs in the lake. The park was also the old site of a Coast Guard Life Saving Station.
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A boat launch in the park provides access to Muskallonge Lake.
Muskallonge Lake provides anglers with an excellent opportunity to catch a variety of fish: northern pike, muskallonge, smallmouth bass, walleye and perch. Lake Superior boasts populations of trout, salmon and menominee, especially near the river mouths.
The day use area is located on a small bay of Muskallonge Lake and offers a nice picnic area. Rock collectors enjoy the Lake Superior shoreline for rock picking, especially for agate.
The park is traversed by the North County Trail, with short feeder trails linking the park campground to this national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York which includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.
Trails in the park:
Muskallonge-Hiking Trail - 0 (Miles), Hiking, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Ski
There are about 70 lakes and five rivers within a 20 mile radius of the park. Historic forts and the Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum are excellent destinations for day-trips. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a relatively short drive away and offers spectacular scenery that includes Whitefish Point and several waterfalls. In Newberry, park visitors can take a trip to the Logging Museum or get on a riverboat that will take you down to the falls. West of Grand Marais is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Southwest of the park are the Kingston Plains and the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Even closer to the park, duck and goose hunting are allowed on both lakes, but not within the confines of the park. And, charter boat fishing is available at Grand Marais.
The park is closed for the winter season, though many people still use the area for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Muskallonge Lake is a popular destination for ice fishermen as well.