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Interlochen State Park
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4167 J. Maddy Parkway
Interlochen, Michigan   49643
(lat:44.6285 lon:-85.7649) map location

Phone: 231-276-9511
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Has 490 Campsites (60 rustic - remaining are modern). Situated between Duck and Green Lake, adjacent to National Music Camp. Concerts are performer throughout the season by renowned musicians from all walks of life. Traverse City is 15 miles North East and Lake Michigan shoreline is 25 miles West of the Park Via US 31.
History of the Area
Interlochen State Park is situated between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The park was established as Michigan's first state park by the Michigan Legislature in 1917, which paid $60,000 for the land. The name of the park was originally Pine Park, a 200-acre public park created to preserve the virgin pine stand for the people of Michigan. In 1928, the National Music Camp was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park.
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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Park Store
Located in the day-use area, this store/cafe includes a video arcade, and is located near a volleyball court and the beach. Rowboats and kayaks are available to rent and reservations are available.
Interlochen Duck Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757 418 site(s)Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Tent Rental, Tepee Rental

Interlochen Green Lake-Rustic(800) 447-2757 58 site(s)Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Interlochen-Group Use Area(231) 276-9511Group Use Area, Rustic Site

Interlochen-Tepee and Tents(800) 447-2757 4 site(s)
1. Interlochen State Park offers two public beaches on Green Lake and Duck Lake for swimming.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. The park's sandy beaches provide easy access to the water.
4. Swimming areas are marked with buoys for safety purposes.
5. Restrooms and changing facilities can be found near both beach locations in the park area.
6. The clear waters of both lakes offer a refreshing experience during summer months.
7. Children should always have adult supervision while swimming due to varying depths in lake areas.

Three launches are maintained in the park. Each loop of the campground on Duck Lake has an access site, and the third is located in the rustic campground on Green Lake.
Bass, pike and bluegill can be found in both lakes during the summer months. Smelt and pike are favorites of anglers who like ice fishing.

Interlochen State Park is located near Traverse City

One picnic shelter is available for rent. For reservations contact the park at (231) 276-9511.
Biking enthusiasts can explore several trails, but should be aware of the uneven terrain and occasional heavy traffic.

The park's roads offer a scenic ride; however, they are shared with vehicles so caution is advised.

There aren't any designated bike paths within this recreational area which may limit biking opportunities for some visitors.

Riders must adhere to safety rules as helmets are mandatory due to potential hazards on the trail routes.

While there isn't specific mountain biking available here, cyclists will still enjoy exploring nature via paved roadways.

Remember that cycling after dark is not permitted in order to ensure visitor safety at all times.

Cyclists need their own bikes since rentals services aren't provided by the park authorities currently.
Interlochen-Pines Nature Trail Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
The park offers diverse birding opportunities with over 100 species spotted, including waterfowl and songbirds. Birdwatchers can explore two campgrounds or the mixed hardwood-conifer forest for sightings. The Duck Lake side of the park is particularly popular among enthusiasts due to its variety of habitats attracting different birds.
Area Attractions
The Interlochen Center for the Arts is adjacent to the park. Renowned musicians perform concerts year round. Schedules can be obtained online or by phoning (231) 276-7200, or (231) 276-9221.

Two nearby canoe liveries rent canoes. Riverside Canoe Livery on the Platte River can be contacted by calling (231) 325-5622 and Alvina's Canoe Rental on the Betsie River can be reached at (231) 276-9514.

Also popular at Interlochen State Park is the Three Discipline Triathlon Event hosted each July.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 23 My all time favorite getaway! by Raney1163
park review stars; one to five I grew up going to Interlochen every summer! We are trying to plan a trip there for this summer so I can show my daughter what it is all about and how much fun it is! I miss it!
August 3 Recreational Paradise by Leelanau and Benzie Realestate
park review stars; one to five Great Place to vacation and still close enough to go to Traverse City or visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! Whatever recreational fun you like you can do it here! Boating, skiing, fishing, hiking,kayaking, swimming, golfing and hunting!
July 18 It has everything! Plus the Music camp. by [email protected]
park review stars; one to five Interlochen has the largest variety of camp sites, plus the advantage of the National Music Camp across the stree!
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Area Campgrounds
Turtle Lake Campground
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Holiday Park Campground
4860 US 31 South
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Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort
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15 miles SW of Traverse City on M-137. Take US 31 W. of Traverse City for 7 miles to Interlochen, then go S. on M-137 for 2 miles.

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