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Muskallonge Lake State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Muskallonge Lake State Park, July 2007
Location Upper Peninsula, Luce County, Michigan , United States
Nearest city Grand Marais, Michigan
Area 217 acres (88 ha)
Elevation 643 feet (196 m)
Designation Michigan state park
Established 1956
Administrator Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website Muskallonge State Park

Muskallonge Lake State Park is a public recreation area on Lake Superior sixteen miles (26 km) east of Grand Marais in Luce County, Michigan. The state park covers 217 acres (88 ha) between the shores of Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake where Native American's once had an encampment and where a station of the United States Life-Saving Service once stood.

History

The park occupies land just west of Deer Park, a 19th-century mill town that all but disappeared once the forests on which its mill depended were gone. The state park is also the site of former Station Muskallong Lake (Coast Guard Station #295; later called Station Deer Park), one of five such stations along the coast of Lake Superior between Munising and Whitefish Point in the Upper Peninsula. It was part of U.S. Life-Saving Service District 10 (later part of District 11). The other four stations along Lake Superior's "Shipwreck Coast" were Grand Marais, Two Heart, Crisp Point Light, and Vermilion Point.

Deer Park Life-Saving Station was in service from 1876 to 1909. The park was transferred from the Forestry Division to Parks and Recreation Division in 1957.

Activities and amenities

The park offers swimming and fishing and includes a 159-site campground, boat launch, picnic area, playground, and trails for hiking and snow-mobiling.

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