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Van Riper State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
Location Marquette County, Michigan, United States
Nearest city Ishpeming, Michigan
Area 1,055 acres (427 ha)
Elevation 1,588 feet (484 m)
Designation Michigan state park
Established 1956
Administrator Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website Van Riper State Park

Van Riper State Park is a public recreation area located in the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan, 17 miles (27 km) west of Ishpeming on US Highway 41. The state park's 1,055 acres (427 ha) lie partly in Michigamme Township and partly in Champion Township, both in Marquette County. The park has about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of frontage along the eastern shores of Lake Michigamme, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of frontage along the shores of the Peshekee River.


This park is named after Dr. Paul Van Riper, who practiced medicine in the area for most of his 91 years, and was involved in the local politics of the region. While serving on the Marquette County Board, he persuaded the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company to turn the property over to the local township for use as a public park. A beach pavilion and changing house were built by the county in 1924. In 1956, the property was turned over to the state to become a state park.

Activities and amenities

The state park offers a water park. swimming, picnicking, fishing, campground and cabins, and five miles of hiking trails.

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