Straits State Park

Straits State Park: fantastic Mackinac Bridge view, camping, picnic areas, and fishing too!

Stay at the Straits State Park if you want a first-rate view of the Mackinac Bridge with an abundance of boat traffic. If you love camping in northern Michigan then this is a terrific spot in the Upper Peninsula just off the Mackinac Bridge.

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This state park has beautiful views of the Mackinac Bridge during the day and especially at night with its lights twinkling in the distance. You will watch the boat and freighter traffic on the beautiful Straits of Mackinac . The park is located on Lake Huron in the Upper Peninsula. It has a great picnic area, playground and waterfront beach.

Straits State Park in Quaint St. Ignace...

All three ferry lines head over to Mackinac Island each day from St. Ignace. There are terrific small Mom & Pop hotels plus national hotel chains if you need a break from the "tent". 

Straits State Park is located on Church Street in St. Ignace, Michigan,

The terrific location of Straits State Park is that you can leave trailers at the park and make day trips to:

  • Tahquamenon Falls which is 80 miles away and is awesome;
  • Soo Locks which is 50 miles away. Be sure you look up the freighter schedule to be there on time to see one of the freighters passing through the locks. 
  • Mackinac Island which is just a 15 minute boat ride away!

It's a great camping ground with lots to do. St. Ignace is known for its antique auto show on the last weekend in June, the Labor Day Bridge Walk held every Labor Day on the Mackinac Bridge and some just nice casual restaurants and events on the boardwalk during the evening.

There is a boat launch which is located in the downtown area which is about a 1/2 mile away from the park. Also, Glen's Grocery Store is just about a 1/8 mile away from the park to stock up on more grub for your hungry campers. 

Fishing Suggestions

Fishing is allowed from the shores of Lake Huron at the park. The best fishing (at least that is what Kathy's husband says) is located west of the Bridge. The water is a bit shallow in front of the park and there is a lot of activity that can scare the "fish" away.


Another great state park for camping is at the Wilderness State Park in the lower peninsula. It is towards the western side of the state going to Petoskey and Traverse City.

Check out Mackinac Island Attractions to plan your fun day away from your camp.

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