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

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.

There is also a new general management plan in the works for Palms Book State Park.

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.

Plan development

To gather input for the park's draft plan, an online public survey and stakeholder meeting was first available in spring 2023. The planning team carefully reviewed the feedback and incorporated it into a new draft. The DNR then held a virtual public meeting in November 2023 to gather public feedback on the Indian Lake State Park draft general management plan and Palms Book State Park draft general management plan. The meeting was recorded, and an online survey was made available for additional input. The public comment period is now closed.

DNR staff is currently reviewing the input received and revising the draft plan, as appropriate, before proceeding with plan approval.



For more information, contact Debbie Jensen, DNR Parks and Recreation Division management plan administrator, at