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Petoskey State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Beachfront along Lake Michigan
Location Lower Peninsula, Emmet County, Michigan, United States
Nearest city Petoskey, Michigan
Area 303 acres (123 ha)
Elevation 630 feet (190 m)
Designation Michigan State Park
Established 1961
Administrator Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website Petoskey State Park

Petoskey State Park is a public recreation area covering 303 acres (123 ha) on Lake Michigan in Bear Creek Township, Emmet County, Michigan. The state park is located three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the city of Petoskey on Little Traverse Bay. It is surrounded by heavily vegetated sand dunes that are excellent examples of parabolic dunes. Michigan's state stone, the Petoskey stone, can be found on the park beach.

History

The park occupies part of the site where William Wirt Rice (1833–1891) built a tannery in 1885 at the mouth of what came to be called Tannery Creek. The tannery occupied 180 acres that were eventually divided between Petoskey State Park and the commercial district on U.S. Highway 31. At its peak, the tannery employed some 200 workers and processed over 1000 hides—primarily buffalo—per day. The tannery closed in 1952, and its buildings were torn down in 1963. The City of Petoskey purchased a portion of the tannery's land north of Tannery Creek in 1934 and created the Petoskey Bathing Beach. The state of Michigan purchased the beach in 1968, took title in 1969, and opened the park's campground in 1970.

Activities and amenities

The park offers a mile-long sand beach for swimming, a trail that ascends the Old Baldy sand dune, picnicking facilities, and a 178-site campground.

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