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Indian Lake State Park

bird's-eye view of Indian Lake State Park's water and campground

Indian Lake State Park

The DNR has begun the process of developing a new general management plan for Indian Lake State Park in Schoolcraft County. The process typically takes one year to complete, and it's currently in the beginning stages. The project is facilitated by Beckett & Raeder Inc., of Ann Arbor. Public and stakeholder input will be a critical part of the process.

A park's general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources and provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

Public input 

To help develop the draft plan, visitors, local community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences were asked to participate in an online survey which was available throughout May 2023. The planning team is currently evaluating the survey results. The next step will be to complete the draft for a new general management plan, which will be available for public review in the fall of 2023.

There is also a new general management plan in the works for Palms Book State Park, including an opportunity to share opinions, ideas and experiences via an online survey.

About the park

Indian Lake State Park is located on the shores of Indian Lake, five miles west of Manistique in the south-central area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This 567-acre park is made up of two units: the south unit featuring a modern campground overlooking the lake, and the west unit with semi-modern campsites in a wooded setting. Other amenities include two Civilian Conservation Corps era picnic shelters, a swimming beach and boating access site.



For more information, contact Debbie Jensen, DNR Parks and Recreation Division Management Plan Administrator, at