Muskallonge Lake State Park, Newberry

Muskallonge Lake State Park is a state park in Michigan. It is located northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake; the area is well known for its forests, lakes and streams.
The park occupies the site of the former lumber mill town of Deer Park, which prior to its lumber days was an Indian encampment. In the late 1800s, Muskallonge Lake served as a mill pond for millions of white pine logs brought to it by railroad lines. By 1900, the virgin stands of pines were depleted, the mill closed, and the lumbering operation moved away. All that remains as evidence of the lumbering community are piles of sawdust and a few partly submerged pine logs in the lake.
The state park is also the site where stood Station Muskallong Lake (later Deer Park), one of five U.S. Life-Saving Service Stations along the coast of Lake Superior between Munising and Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service District 10 (later part of District 11). The other four Life-saving Stations were Grand Marais, Two Heart, Crisp Point Light, and Vermilion Point. In 1915, these stations became part of the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1939 the U.S. Lighthouse Service also merged under the control of the U.S. Coast Guard.
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  • We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon in July with only a handful of other people on the beach of Lake Superior. The water was chilly but the kids didn't seem to notice and had a ball playing along the...  more »
  • Helpful wonderful kind considerate! I do not have the adjectives to describe how well we were treated!  more »
  • We had a site by the boat launch and it was super nice. Feels very private with great access to both lakes. Only downside was access to the bathroom and showers is a bit out of the way due to the layout of the sections. The boat launch had a vault toilet though, which was very well maintained so we opted to use that instead. Were only there one night but I could certainly see myself returning
  • We stayed 4 nights. Campsites are narrow, so be friendly! No limit to the number of tents on a lot, and we saw a lot of college students crammed onto lots here and there. (They were well behaved!) Lots of barking dogs! It would be nice if parks would limit dogs to 1 per campsite. Lots of people were walking 3 at a time, all of them barking at once. Goose poop everywhere! (Wear old shoes!) No Wifi unless you walk down to the ranger station. It would be very nice if the staff would install a few park benches down there! Overall, it's a nice campground. Beautiful scenery, more stars in the sky than you've ever seen, clean restrooms and showers, and a friendly staff. Lots to see within an hours drive. Give it a try!

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