Michigan State Parks Centennial: Burt Lake State Park

Ari and Jessi at Burt Lake State Park sign

Burt Lake State Park is a waterman’s paradise. Situated on the southeast shore of Burt Lake, Michigan’s fifth-largest inland lake, the park is perfect for those who enjoy boating, fishing, or swimming.

Burt Lake State Park is named for William Burt, who conducted federal land surveys in the area in the 1840s. His surveying companion, John Mullett, is the namesake for nearby Mullett Lake, on which sits Aloha State Park.

Inland Waterway sign

Together, the two lakes make up a significant portion of the 38-mile long Inland Waterway, a historic water trail connecting lakes and rivers beginning near Petoskey and ending in Lake Huron. The route is popular with both motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

The state park itself is relatively small, just around 400 acres, with the campground dominating the majority of the space. The rest of the park includes a grassy day-use area, a sandy beach, and a 50-spot boat launch.

For activities, you can find an old baseball diamond, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.

Camping at Burt Lake State Park

The Burt Lake State Park campground has 306 campsites, mostly grass and dirt sites. The campground is pretty wooded, with the exception of around 20 sites on the outside row that have a view of the lake.

While the majority of the park is 20/30 amp, a significant number of sites have been upgraded to 50 amp to accommodate the larger trailers and motorhomes. The sites also are relatively good size, which is perfect to accommodate the boats that most campers bring with them and park on their site.

None of the sites have direct lake frontage because the day-use area extends between the campground and the lake, but it’s a short walk across the grass to the beach.

Beach at Burt Lake State Park

Local activities near Burt Lake

Conveniently located in the middle of the mitten right off I-75, Burt Lake State Park is easy to get to for visitors and locals. If you’re camping at the park and looking for nearby activities, it’s just a 30-minute drive north to Mackinac City. Immediate local attractions include an adventure ropes course and the famed Cross in the Woods. Many local businesses also rent kayaks for the lake or the nearby Sturgeon River.



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