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Van Riper State Park
Biking
Cross Country Ski
Trails are not groomed.
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.
Hiking
Hunting
Metal Detecting
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.
Michigan State Park Explorer Program
Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
Snowmobiling
Swimming
Lake Michigamme's water temperatures offer a relief from the cold water of Lake Superior.
Watchable Wildlife
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.
Beach
Beach House
Boat Launch
Cabins & Lodges
Concession/ Store
Electrical Service
Group Use Area
Mini Cabin
Picnic Area
Fire pits/grills available.
Picnic Shelter
Shelters can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
Playground
Rustic Site
Sandy Beach
One-half mile of sandy beach located on the east end of Lake Michigamme.
Sanitation Station
 
 

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