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Craig Lake State Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
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Location Spurr Township,
Baraga County, Michigan
Nearest town Nestoria, Michigan
Area 8,459 acres (3,423 ha)
Elevation 1,716 feet (523 m)
Designation Michigan State Park
Established 1967
Administrator Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website Craig Lake State Park

Craig Lake State Park is a remote public recreation area covering 8,459 acres (3,423 ha) in Baraga County on the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. The state park has several lakes that are accessible only by foot or paddling.


The property was once the private preserve of Fred Miller, president of the Miller Brewing Company. Miller built cabins that are still in use and named three of the area's lakes after his children Teddy, Craig, and Claire. After Miller's death in 1954, the state, which already owned land in the vicinity, was able to purchase more than two thousand additional acres from his estate in 1956.

Activities and amenities

The park's rugged hiking trails include an eight-mile (13 km) loop around Craig Lake and a seven-mile (11 km) stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The park also offers rustic camping, fishing for muskellunge and northern pike, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

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