Interlochen State Park presents various leisure alternatives

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The First Michigan State Park is the first stop on your trip north.

Interlochen State Park, not far from Traverse City, is Michigan’s first annexed state park and the largest campground in the state park system. Due to its location, it offers a variety of leisure opportunities.

Interlochen is 15 miles southwest of Traverse City on the shores of Green Lake and Duck Lake. Campsite Duck Lake offers modern camping facilities with full hookups and an unloading station for RVs and RVs. For those who want to make things rougher, the Green Lake campsite is a rustic campsite with around 52 different pitches. The park also manages several state forest campsites in the area.

Fall colors over the lake in Interlochen State Park.

Heath Palmer

Right next door is the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the center of fine arts in northern Michigan. The center hosts a variety of performances year-round. There are big names from country, rock and pop during the summer series and seasonal performances like the Nutcracker in the winter.

The resort of Traverse City is twenty minutes away. With a multitude of breweries and boardwalks, there’s so much to do. Take a stroll along the Boardman River, watch a movie at the State Theater, or stop by one of the downtown bookstores and spend an afternoon.

Interlochen State Park is 45 minutes southeast of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and all of the outdoor activities that can be found there.

For more information about camping and visiting the park, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website.