Craig Lake State Park

 

Craig Lake State Park spans more than 6900 acres in eastern Baraga County.  Craig Lake State Park is considered the most remote state park in Michigan according to the DNR.  It is a wilderness area and access to the park itself can be adventurous.

The Park contains six full lakes and numerous ponds.  Wildlife abounds within the Park and deer, bear, beaver, loons, and moose may be seen. Craig Lake itself is 374 acres and features six islands and high granite bluffs along its northern shore.

Craig Lake State Park offers some of the most rugged trails in Michigan. An 8 mile trail loops around Craig Lake and offers opportunities to view wild life, fauna, and the lakeshore.  A 7.5 mile section of the North Country Trail runs through the Park and covers some rough terrain and the 8 mile loop around Craig Lake covers a portion of the North Country Trail.  The North Country Trail, conceived in the mid-1960s, runs 3200 miles in length, linking New York's Adirondack Mountains with the Missouri River in North Dakota.  Today nearly half of the trail is open for public use.

 Keewaydin Lake is a very secluded lake within the Park with a narrow winding firm dirt road leading in. A cement ramp and loading dock make for easy access to this beautiful little lake. There is a vault toilet, picnic table and fire pit with plenty of parking area. Pike, musky, walleye and pan fish inhabit the waters of Keewaydin Lake. This is the only lake in the Park that allows for motorized boats.  All other lakes within the Park do not allow motorized boats.  Canoes are suggested. 

While camping is allowed in the park, there are no designated campgrounds. Camps are required to be 150 ft minimum from the water's edge.  A fee of $9.00 for rustic camping applies; use the self-registration drop pipe at the entrance to the trail system or check at the park headquarters for payment.  Remember when camping out that you take great care to secure your backpacks at night and to discourage any interested bear from feeding on your food.  Park officials encourage that when camping, hang all food and valuable items on a rope between two trees at least 25-30 ft above the ground and at least 100 ft away from your camp.  Do not feed the bears and do not cook food inside your tent.

A three-bedroom lodge and a six-bunk cabin built by Fred Miller of the Miller Brewing Company are excellent for small and large groups. A two-mile hike from from the parking area, the cabins are in the middle of the woods. There is no electricity, but the cabins have a hand pump for water, a vault toilet, a cooking grill and a fire ring. Firewood for heat is provided by the park staff. The smaller cabin sleeps six and the larger cabin sleeps 14. Cabins are open, weather permitting, from May 15 to October 15.  Call (906) 339-4461 for reservations. Number Available: 2.  Fee: $40.00-$50.00  Capacity: 6 & 14