McLain State Park, Hancock

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F.J. McLain State Park is a 443acre state park on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Houghton County, Michigan. It is located on M-203 halfway between Hancock and Calumet.
The park is on the shore of Lake Superior, and most of the beach areas are rocky. However, a stretch of land known as the Breakwaters, on the edge of the park near the Keweenaw Waterway, is sandy and popular for swimming. There are also swimming areas adjacent to the campground.
F.J. McLain lies between the towns of Calumet and Houghton/Hancock. It is a popular destination for mountain bikers and road bikers as it has many trails through and near the park, and the park is situated approximately 10 miles from both cities which have biking traditions and many trails.
F.J. McLain State Park is also home to a campground, with showers and bathrooms. This campground is popular in the summertime, and offers sunsets over Lake Superior. It has about 80 campsites all of which are on or near the water's edge and a handful of small and rustic cabins, most of which sleep 4. They have one cabin that sleeps 8 and has a small primitive kitchen area. There are playgrounds scattered throughout.
There is a fee to enter the park with a car or to use the campground. Pedestrian access to the park is free, and there is a free parking area outside the gates.
During the first week of the fall semester, Michigan Technological University holds "K-Day" (or "Keweenaw Day") at the park. The university cancels afternoon classes so that students and faculty can enjoy a day of fun, sun, music, games, and food.
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  • this visit was marked by the peacefulness I experience in September. The park at this time is going through a preventive building to stop or at least slow down erosion. Since I've been there (1995) th...  more »
  • My husband and I stopped here for a little while, but we are definitely interested in going back again. The breakwater beach seemed to be a good location for swimming and some rock hunting. Unfortunat...  more »
  • When we camped in many of the campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula & this was my favorite campground. Back then the lake hadn't started reclaiming the land yet. I haven't been there in many years as we bought a house so I don't know what it looks like today. I do know they had put big 'blocks' of conglomerate rock to try to keep the lake back yet time took it's toll and the rock as strong as it was ended up in the lake. We also enjoyed the domestic bunnies and one took a liking to us. Today the bunnies are gone after they brought fishers into the area to reduce the porcupine population. It is a wonderful park and one can still walk the trail across the street and if you are lucky you might see the huge turtle that lives there. I also picked up a beautiful amethyst agate after a storm.
  • Beautiful state park. A must see if you are in the area.

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