Michigan State Parks: Lake Gogebic

Lake Gogebic State Park sits on, you guessed it, Lake Gogebic – the largest inland lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The state park provides access to the lake for all types of water sports and makes a good basecamp for other great places to visit in the western section of the U.P.

The state of Michigan established Lake Gogebic State Park in 1926. There are differing opinions on the pronunciation. Locals say “Go Gib ick” while others say “Go Gee bick.” Since it’s a variation of an old Native American word it could be either.

The main feature of the state park is Lake Gogebic. The lake is 13,000 acres with 34 miles of shoreline. It provides plenty of space for fishing, boating, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and other types of watersports. There is a relatively large boat launch capable of handling boats of all sizes with plenty of parking spots.

Camping and park activities

The day-use area offers a small sandy beach with a designated swimming area, a few pieces of playground equipment, grass volleyball court, picnic tables, grills, and a picnic shelter. Kayak rentals are available during the summer.

View of Lake Gogebic from the beach

Lake Gogebic State Park has a good-sized modern campground with 127 sites. Sites are grassy and tucked among trees that provide a sun-shade mix. Thirty of the sites sit right along and provide a nice view of Lake Gogebic. Twenty of the sites are non-electric, but we noticed those are on the outside loop and back up to the state highway that runs past the park. Depending on traffic levels, that could be extra noisy.

From the end of the campground or the day-use area you can access a 2-mile forest trail that winds through the woods across the road from the developed portion of the state park.

Grassy picnic area at Lake Gogebic State Park
Lake Gogebic Sate Park day use area

Attractions near Lake Gogebic

As mentioned, this park is a great basecamp from which to explore the many nearby activities. The park lies within the Ottawa National Forest which is open to hunting, hiking, biking, and ORV use. Other attractions include Bond Falls, Agate Falls, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the Black River, and a handful of museums and old mining operations.

Lake Gogebic State Park is located on M-64 between US-2 and M-28. You can check out the map here to get a better idea of its proximity to local activities.

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