P.H. Hoeft State Park, Rogers City

#69 of 167 in Nature in Michigan
P. H. Hoeft State Park is located north of Rogers City, Michigan, on US 23 in Presque Isle County.
Paul H. Hoeft was a local Rogers City lumberman, who acquired parcels of land in the area in the early 1900s. In 1920, soon after the establishment of the Michigan state park system, Hoeft offered to donate land to the state to create a park. At the time the state was also upgrading the main trunkline running through Rogers City - now US23 - and area tourism was on an upswing. Paul H. Hoeft State Park was formally established in 1921. A picnic area was immediately constructed, and substantial development came in 1923 after the US23 improvements were completed. An early campsite loop was developed, and a log and stone bathhouse was constructed. A concrete bandstand and a play area were constructed in 1926-27, and in 1929 a two-story frame house was built for the park manager.
In 1933, additional development was undertaken as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps. CCC workers constructed foot trails, a gravel road, and a garage/workshop. In addition, they implemented an extensive reforestation project, planting over 50,000 seedlings. Over the next few years, the park entrance was moved and a new parking lot was constructed. In addition, water and sewer services were connected to the campground and day use areas. In 1937, the earlier bathhouse was demolished and work began on a new replacement, designed by architect Ralph B. Herrick.
Further infrastructure improvements were made in the 1940s and 1950s, including a new water system, electrical work, and a laundry building. In the 1960s a new campground loop was added, and in the 1970s the campground roads were paved.
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  • We stayed here in a camper for three nights. My only complaint would be that the entrance fee of $9 per day was not included in the camping fee. Our slot was right across from the playground and acces...  more »
  • This is a state park so you kind of know what you are getting already. The bathrooms are cleaned daily and don't get too dirty throughout the day. Most of the sites offer a fair amount of shade to ful...  more »
  • Lots of mature trees and well maintained (but not necessarily updated) structures make this one of our new favorite state parks. Our stay was so great that we tried to extend it. Lots to do: Watch a sunrise, bike a few miles to town on a beautiful, paved path, visit 40 mile point lighthouse 2 miles to the North, eat a cinnamon roll at Three Hearts Bakery right across the road (23). Lord willing, we'll be back.
  • We camped during the latter part of August. Lots of woods and water. Weren't many other campers during our stay so we enjoyed the quiet and calm. Close proximity to Rogers City and relatively close to Ocqueoc Falls which offer a great swimming and "get your feet wet" experience. Nice pull through site, electric only. Bathrooms and showers both clean. Nice paved bike trail to Rogers city as well as to 40 mile pt. lighthouse. Nice walking trail accessible via campgrounds. Give it a try!

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