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Burt Lake State Park
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6635 State Park Dr.
Indian River, Michigan   49749

Phone: 231-238-9392
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Burt Lake State Park is located at the heart of the inland waterway, where Burt Lake and the Sturgeon River converge. The park consists of about 400 acres which include 306 modern campsites with 4 toilet/shower buildings, a day use area with beach for swimming or shoreline fishing, rentable picnic shelter, a youth organizational campground. The campground is closed November through April. An overlook tower and picnic area, and a boat launch with a skid pier and car/trailer parking. One mile hiking trail is marked within the park. No bicycles, horses, or motorized vehicles allowed on the trail. Cross-County ski trails are non-groomed.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT web page.
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Burt Lake-Group Use Area(231) 238-9392Group Use Area, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Burt Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757306 site(s)Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms
1. Burt Lake State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming.
2. Lifeguards are not on duty, so swim at your own risk.
3. The park provides restrooms and changing facilities near the beach area.
4. Swimming is allowed during daylight hours only in designated areas of the lakefront.
5. Children should be supervised while swimming due to varying water depths and conditions.

Boat Launch

Burt Lake is at the heart of the Inland Waterway, a series of navigable rivers and lakes that stretch for 38 miles from Crooked Lake to Lake Huron.
Shoreline fishing is available on the northern boundry of the park along the Sturgeon River. Walleye, trout, bass, bluegill, perch, pike and other species of pan fish can be found in Burt Lake.

Picnic tables and fire pits/grills.

One picnic shelter for rent. For reservations contact the park.
Cycling enthusiasts can explore the park's 2,000 acres on bike. However, there are no dedicated biking trails available.

While cycling is permitted throughout the area, it should be done with caution due to mixed traffic conditions.

Riders must share roads and pathways with pedestrians and motor vehicles which may pose safety risks if not careful.

The terrain varies from flat surfaces to gentle slopes so cyclists of all levels need to exercise care while riding.

During peak season or weekends, high visitor numbers could make bicycling more challenging within this location.

Remember that helmets are strongly recommended for everyone engaging in any form of cycling activity here.

Night-time biking isn't advisable as lighting around the park is limited; visibility issues might arise after sunset.
A one-mile hiking trail is marked within the park. No bicycles, horses or motorized vehicles are allowed on this trail.

Burt Lake-Foot Trail Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking

Burt Lake-Inland Waterway Trail Length: 38.00 (Miles)Boat Launch, Swimming, Vault Toilet
Area Attractions
The world's largest "Cross in the Woods" is located near the park. Historic Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island are about 30 miles north on I-75. Hiking, cross-country skiing, ORV and snowmobiling trails are located nearby, along with many golf courses and restaurants.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 8 Family Tradition by Megan
park review stars; one to five My family has been coming here for 40 years and with every generation it just keeps getting better. You CANNOT beat the beach....or really anything about this park. The near by attractions. A grocery store right around the corner. The crystal clear water or the will never feel sand like it!!!
June 17 We love to camp here! by Kandace
park review stars; one to five We love camping in Burt Lake State Park. The staff are always nice.It is always clean and the Explorer program is awesome.
July 27 One of our favorite parks by Peggy
park review stars; one to five This is one of our favorite parks to stay in. It is close enough yet far enough away. For pilots, the nearby airport has friendly owners & nice runways.
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Nearby Hotels

From I 75 take exit 310 turn left on M-68, then left at light onto Old 27 Hwy. Park is 1/2 mile South on right side.

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