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Van Riper State Park

Van Riper State Park

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Trail Distance:

4.75 miles containing 5 loops ranging from .25 miles to 1.5 miles long.

Directions:

From US 41 take Blue Rd. south for about 1/4 miles to park entrance.

Park Description:

851 County Road AKE Champion MI 49814
Phone Number: (906) 339-4461
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 1044 (Acres)
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Van Riper State Park is located 35 miles west of Marquette on US-41. This 1,044 acre park contains one-half mile of frontage on the east end of Lake Michigamme with a fine sand beach. The water temperature is generally moderate -- a pleasant change from Lake Superior temperatures. There is also one and one-half miles of frontage on the Peshekee River.

Park Features:

Michigan State Park Explorer Program

Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.

Hunting

Designated Watchable Wildlife Site

In 1985 and 1987, 59 moose were transplanted from Algonquin National Park in Ontario, Canada, to a release site six miles north of the park. The herd has grown considerably with the birth of new calves each year. A slow drive through the north of the park may reward you with the sight of one of these majestic animals. An information center within the park has pictures and information on the transplant and the story of Moose Life I and II told on video.

The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing.

Playground

These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.

Beach House

Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.

Swimming

Lake Michigamme's water temperatures offer a relief from the cold water of Lake Superior.

Fishing

Lake Michigamme is one of the top walleye lakes in the Upper Peninsula and also produces fine catches of bass, perch, trout, northern pike and muskellunge. Improved woods roads also provide access to many streams, lakes and the great forest which lies to the north of the park.

Picnic Area

Picnic tables and fire pits/grills

Picnic Shelter(s)

For reservations contact the park.

Biking

Hiking

Snowmobile Area

Allowed with 4 Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground.

Boating Access Site/Launch

Access for boating and fishing.

Concession/Store

Cross Country Ski

Trails are not groomed.

Mini Cabin

Sandy Beach

One-half mile of sandy beach located on the east end of Lake Michigamme.

Metal Detecting Areas

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Information courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources

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