The jewel of the Garden Peninsula and one of the top sites to visit in the entire Upper Peninsula is the restored ghost town of Fayette State Park.  Back in the 1860’s a company town formed in order to smelt iron ore.  When the town closed in the 1890’s it became a ghost town.  The ghost town snuggles into snail shell harbor surrounded by towering limestone bluffs.  In the context of this staggering natural beauty there is a rich history for us to explore.  But this is not all there is to do in Fayette State Park.
Camp in a full service campground. Picnic, kayak or take a swim along the shore of sand bay. Walk  5 miles of hiking trails, or in the winter, ski groomed trails. Hunt the property owned by the park.Fish from shore or launch your boat by using the parks boat launch. Park your sailboat or stay overnight on 300 feet of dock located right in snail shell harbor. Scuba dive, with a permit, in snail shell harbor.


Looking  for a private place to camp right on a sandy lake Michigan beach? Portage Bay State Forest Campground hosts 23 sites just inside the tree line of a lake Michigan sandy beach.   Ideal for tent and small campers this rustic campground is truly getting away from it all. Portage Bay also hosts a walking trail and a boat launch and gives you access to state land for hunting purposes.


Navigate a raft across one of the world’s largest (and clearest) freshwater springs.  Big Spring (Kitch-iti-kipi)  pours out more than 10,000 gallons a minute and is over 200 feet across.  Peer into the various shades of green and teal colored waters as you watch gigantic trout cruising on the bottom of the spring.