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Description - Located on the edge of an extensive upland area set in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest, Lake Gogebic State Park is an ideal point from which to explore the western Upper Peninsula. Thirty miles from the city of Ironwood, this park offers several outdoor sporting opportunities amid virgin forest scenery including several waterfalls.

Attractions - Lake Gogebic State Park is on the west shore of Lake Gogebic, the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The lake provides a great place for both boating and fishing. The park offers a paved boat launch capable of handling almost any size boat. The angler will find excellent fishing for perch, walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike.

The park has a sandy beach, a large picnic area, grills, and a picnic shelter with washrooms and changing facilities.

Lake Gogebic State Park offers shady, lakefront campsites on the shore of Lake Gogebic, the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula. Approximately 30 of the 127 campsites are directly on the lakefront with the rest nestled comfortably among the trees, not more than 100 yards from the lake. There are two modern toilet buildings, a sanitation station, electric service, and playground located within the campground. Camping facilities open April 15 to November 15, with no modern toilets the first and last month.

Cross-country skiing is enjoyed 13 miles north east of Marenisco. Five miles of marked, more difficult trails are available. Call the park office for details.

Many points of interest are within easy reach of the park. Bond Falls and Agate Falls are to the east, the beautiful falls and rapids of the Black River and Presque Isle River to the northeast, and the magnificent Porcupine Mountains and Lake Superior to the north.

Recreation - Visitors to Lake Gogebic enjoy viewing scenery, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, cross-country skiing, and picnicking.

Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 200 inches annually. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.

Location - Lake Gogebic State Park is located in the Upper Peninsula. To reach the park take US-2 to Marenisco and drive 10 miles north on M-64, or take M-64 south of M-28 eight miles.

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Lake Gogebic State Park, N9995 State Highway M-64 , Marenisco,, MI, 49947, Phone: 906-842-3341, TTY: 517-335-4623

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Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Upper Peninsula - This region encompasses nearly the entire Upper Peninsula landmass embracing windswept mountain tops, tumbling waterfalls, pristine woodlands, scenic lakeshores, and welcoming communities.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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