Isle Royale National Park encompasses Isle Royale, the largest island in Lake Superior, and a chain of about 200 tiny islands. Abundant with wildlife, including moose and wolves, this roadless park contains one of the few remaining areas of true wilderness in the Midwest. Keweenaw National Historical Park commemorates the copper-mining heritage of the region, which dates back 7,000 years to early Native American inhabitants and later played a critical role in the industrial development of the United States. Three national forests, Ottawa, Hiawatha, and Huron-Manistee, all with frontage on the Great Lakes, extend over 1.2 million hectares (2.8 million acres) in northern Michigan.
The federal government also administers national wildlife refuges and two national lakeshores. Both of the latter are on the Great Lakes. Pictured Rocks, on the shores of Lake Superior, is noted for its spectacular multicolored sandstone cliffs. Sleeping Bear Dunes, on Lake Michigan, has extensive bare, moving dunes and fine sandy beaches.
Michigan’s park system is one of the largest in the country. In addition to about 1.6 million hectares (about 3.9 million acres) of state forests and many game areas, the state has 99 parks and recreation areas. P. H. Hoeft and Lakeport state parks have attractive beaches on Lake Huron, and a series of state parks has been developed along the sand dunes on the Lake Michigan shore. The wilderness character of the northern woods marks the state parks at Indian Lake,
Muskallonge Lake, and Porcupine Mountains. More than 15 recreation areas have been set up near Detroit.
Mackinac Island, a historic state park since 1895, consists of a series of rock terraces rising out of the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. It has been a popular tourist resort since before the American Civil War (1861-1865). Fort Michilimackinac at Mackinaw City and Fort Wilkins near the northernmost point of Lower Michigan have been restored as state parks. The ghost town of Fayette, once a prosperous iron-smelting center near Escanaba, also is a state park. "Michigan" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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