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Petoskey State Park

rocks lining along the sandy shoreline

Petoskey State Park

The DNR is in the process of developing a new general management plan for Petoskey State Park in Emmet County. The process typically takes one year to complete and is 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.

About the park

Petoskey State Park, situated on Little Traverse Bay, is home to a mile of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan, towering dunes and scenic views. Located just 3 miles northeast of Petoskey and 6 miles south of Harbor Springs near the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the park offers two modern campgrounds, mini-cabins, a group-use campground for organized youth groups, a designated swimming beach, a picnic area, trails and more. The park's 2.5 miles of trails include a popular stairway to the top of Old Baldy Dune and the park provides easy access to North Country National Scenic Trail, North Western State Trail and Little Traverse Wheelway.

Public input

To help develop the draft plan, visitors, local community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences were invited to participate in an online public survey Feb. 22-March 22, 2024. Thank you to all those who participated in the survey, 960 responses were received.

DNR staff is currently reviewing the input received from the online public survey and compiling the draft plan. Additional public input opportunities will be announced.




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