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Interlochen State Park
Interlochen State Park is located on two fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The park was established in 1917 to preserve one of the last virgin pine stands for the people of Michigan.
Located just 15 miles southwest of Traverse City, Interlochen State Park is situated between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The park was established as Michigan’s first state park by the Michigan Legislature in 1917, which paid $60,000 for the land. The name of the park was originally Pine Park, a 200-acre public park created to preserve the virgin pine stand for the people of Michigan. In 1928, the National Music Camp was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park.
Interlochen State Park is the State of Michigan’s first officially recognized state park. Situated between two freshwater lakes (Green Lake and Duck Lake), it is a popular camping destination. It was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1917; $60,000 was paid for the land. Originally named Pine Park, the 187-acre (76 ha) public park was created to preserve for future generations the virgin pine (Pinus strobus) stand. It is one of the few easily reached places in Michigan where old-growth (pre-European settlement) red pine can be found.
In 1928, the National Music Camp was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park. It is located next to the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Also popular at Interlochen State Park is the Three Discipline Triathlon Event hosted each July.
Facilities and activities
- Fishing. Bass, pike and bluegill can be found in both lakes during the summer months. Smelt and pike are favorites of anglers who like ice fishing.
- Picnic area
- Picnic shelter. One picnic shelter is available for rent.
- Boating. Three launches are maintained in the park. Each loop of the campground on Duck Lake has an access site, and the third is located in the rustic campground on Green Lake.
Hiking – This self-guided foot trail, adjacent to the rustic campground and the south loop of the modern campground is highlighted with 16 interpretive stops that correspond with a brochure available at the park headquarters.
Cross Country Ski – Trails are not groomed.
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