Baraga State Park

Baraga State Park is located in historic Baraga County and sits at the head of Lake Superior's Keweenaw Bay a quarter mile south of Baraga along US-41. Camping is available at 118 grassy sites or in the park's minicabin.  Baraga County is named for Father Frederic Baraga, who came to this county from Austria in 1831 and was made bishop of northern Michigan. Bishop Baraga is locally referred to as the "Snowshoe Priest" as he traveled endless miles through Michigan on snowshoe.  The first visitors to the area were French missionaries and traders who found shelter from Lake Superior on the shores of the Keweenaw Bay in the 1600's. Father Baraga built a Catholic Mission at Assinins, just north along US-41 and devoted 10 years to educating the native Indians. L'Anse, just across the Keweenaw Bay from the State Park,  expanded when the railroad was built in 1871. The highest point in the Upper Peninsula is located at Mt. Curwood which can be seen from the Park.

The Bishop Baraga Shrine, the Sturgeon River Gorge, Mt. Curwood (Michigan's Highest Point at 1978 ft), Canyon Falls (see picture above) and attractions associated with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community are all within short miles of the Park. The park is 75 miles from Copper Harbor, 69 miles from the Porcupine Mountains and 73 miles from Marquette.

The marina in the Village of Baraga is just minutes away from the Park and has boat launching facilities.  Fishing in Keweenaw Bay is always a favorite for fishermen.  The head of the bay has  been a great location to watch water fowl of all types and often eagles can be seen soaring overhead.  Hiking trails do exist in Baraga County but are not accessible from the Park. A short nature trail is connected with the Park itself.  Most of Baraga County is wild country and very remote and some of the trails that do exist are difficult. 

Baraga State Park can be a wonderful place to camp as it has excellent facilities and is well maintained.  If you are going to camp though, try finding a camping site that is off the main highway which runs fairly close to some of the sites.  Camping fees run from $12.00 to $14.00.  Flush toilets and showers are open May 14th and close November 1st.  Electrical services begin April 30th and end November 1st.