Wilderness State Park

903 Wilderness Park Drive
Carp Lake, MI 49718


Wilderness State Park offers visitors a variety of year-round recreational activities within it's over 10,000 acres including 26 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, numerous trails, six rustic cabins and three rustic bunkhouses.


Cross-Country Skiing


Geocaching: Wilderness State Park has a geocaching trail that includes 16 geocaches.

Hiking: More than 16 miles stretch across the East Boundary, South Boundary, Nebo, Sturgeon Bay, Swamp Line and Big Stone trails. These trails are shared with all bicycles, including mountain bikes. The North Country Trail includes ten miles within the state park, including the Red Pine Trail. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.

Hunting: This park boasts excellent deer and snowshoe hare hunting, while hunting opportunities exist for grouse, duck, goose and squirrel as well. Bear hunting is available with the appropriate license. There are a few bobcats. The park is also open to trapping. There is an abundant population of beaver, which receive moderate trapping pressure. Coyote numbers are also high, but they receive little hunting or trapping attention. The park also supports mink, muskrat and otter.

Mountain Biking: More than 16 miles stretch across the East Boundary, South Boundary, Nebo, Sturgeon Bay and Swamp Line trails. These trails are shared with hikers. Mountain biking is not allowed on Big Stone, Pondside and Red Pine trails.




Watchable Wildlife

Winter Camping


Wilderness Backcountry Camping
Wilderness-Group Use Area
Wilderness-Rustic Cabins


Wilderness-Big Stone
Trail Length: 0.75 (Miles)

Wilderness-East Boundary
Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)

Wilderness-East Ridge
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)

Trail Length: 0.60 (Miles)

Trail Length: 2.40 (Miles)

Wilderness-North Country
Trail Length: 5.50 (Miles)

Wilderness-Point Road
Trail Length: 3.50 (Miles)

Trail Length: 0.25 (Miles)

Wilderness-Red Pine
Trail Length: 1.25 (Miles)

Wilderness-South Boundary
Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)

Wilderness-Sturgeon Bay
Trail Length: 2.60 (Miles)

Wilderness-Swamp Line
Trail Length: 2.00 (Miles)


Beach: A hard-pack surface is located in the day-use area with mobility access to the beach.

Boat Launch: The park has a boat launch for access to Lake Michigan on Big Stone Bay. The boat launch provides an ADA accessible vault toilet. Due to low water conditions, launching larger boats may be difficult. For further information please contact the park.

Fishing Pier

Picnic Area: Fire pits/grills available.


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