Michigan’s Oldest State Park Is Easier To Get To Than You Might Think
There are over 100 state parks and recreation areas to experience 'Pure Michigan'. Officially 103 according to the State of Michigan in fact, with two new ones on the way. But have you ever wondered which park was first?
What's the oldest state park in the State of Michigan?
According to the Michigan Department of Natural resources, Interlochen State Park is Michigan's oldest state park, it was founded in 1917 and officially became Michigan's first State Park in 1919.
The park was established as Michigan's first state park by the Michigan Legislature in 1917, which paid $60,000 for the land. In 1928, the national music camp, Interlochen Center for the Arts, was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park.
In fact, you might remember the DNR celebrating the centennial of Michigan's State Park system back in 2019, and that's because the date of the centennial was the date of Interlochen State Park's opening.
How far is Interlochen State Park from me?
One of the great things about Michigan's oldest state park is that it's a relatively quick visit from Michigan's most populated areas.
Here's the travel time to Interlochen State Park from Michigan's Major Cities:
- Grand Rapids: 2 Hours via Northbound US-131, approximately 132 miles
- Kalamazoo: 2 Hours 43 Minutes via Northbound US-131, approximately 182 miles
- Lansing: 2 Hours 42 Minutes via Northbound US-127 & M-115, approximately 171 miles
- Flint: 2 Hours 45 Minutes via Westbound US-10 & M-115, approximately 180 miles
- Detroit: 3 hours 46 minutes via I-96 Westbound & US-127 Northbound, approximately 256 miles
What are the highlights of the Interlochen State Park?
Interlochen State Park is situated between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The park is home to camping, paddling, fishing, swimming, and much more.
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