Cheboygan State Park General Management Plan

About the Park

Cheboygan State Park is located on the shores of Lake Huron and Duncan Bay, just east of the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This state park offers a variety of year-round recreation activities available to visitors. The park includes just less than four miles of shoreline, with lake access provided by a swimming beach and a carry-in boat launch. Two lighthouses are located off the coast. The park also features 7 miles of hiking, biking, and ski trails, a 74-site campground, 2 tipi sites, 3 rustic cabins on Lake Huron, and a three-bedroom modern lodge. In addition, most of the state park is open to hunting, and Little Billy Elliot Creek, which flows through the park, is known for its trout fishery.

The Cheboygan area is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Waterways.” Cheboygan’s deep water harbor opens to the Straits of Mackinac, and the city is at the headwaters of the Inland Waterway, a navigable route that links approximately 40 miles of lakes and rivers across northern Michigan. Cheboygan State Park provides a base for exploring other nearby attractions such as Bois Blanc Island, Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City. The park is on the Huron Shores Heritage Route, a section of Highway US-23, which runs from Mackinaw City in the north to Standish on the Saginaw Bay. The Heritage Route provides 200 miles of scenic views of Lake Huron and an array of recreational and cultural opportunities.

About the Plan

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks & Recreation Division (PRD) is in the process of developing a General Management Plan for Cheboygan State Park. The DNR uses General Management Plans to define a long-range planning and management strategy that protects the resources of the site while addressing recreation needs and opportunities. The development of a General Management Plan begins with the assembly of a Planning Team representing various specialties within the DNR and incorporates Public Input as a critical component of the planning process.

Public Input Survey

The public input survey for Cheboygan State Park’s General Management Plan is now closed. Thank you for your input!

A summary of the public input survey results is available here: Cheboygan Public Input Survey Summary

Presentations and Meetings

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources DNR hosted a public meeting Thursday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cheboygan Area Public Library, 100 S. Bailey St. in Cheboygan. The meeting began with a short overview presentation of the draft plan, and then materials were available for comment. Many thanks to all who participated! The information you supplied to the DNR is currently under review for incorporation into the plan.

For more information about the public input meeting or the proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen, DNR park management plan administrator, at 517-284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or


This park offers amenities including trails, a day use beach, three rustic cabins, a modern lodge, and historic lighthouse ruins.

Cheboygan State Park is relatively flat with a few ridges. The topography of the area can be seen here in degrees of slope.

There are some sensitive natural features located here, such as wetlands, Piping plover habitat, and a coastal environmental area.

The types of forest within Cheboygan State Park as well as in the adjacent state forest are shown here.

Cheboygan State Park has miles of Lake Huron Shoreline, woods, dunes, and Elliott Creek. The park boundary is shown here over an aerial view.



As drafts and other documents are produced, they will be available for review here. Please stay tuned!