Interlochen State Park

Interlochen State Park

Interlochen State Park of Grand Traverse County, Michigan

Hiking Interlochen State ParkCross Country Skiing Interlochen State ParkCanoe or Kayaking Interlochen State Park

Trail Distance:

3 miles long with many loops.


15 miles SW of Traverse City on M-137. Take US 31 W. of Traverse City for 7 miles to Interlochen, then go S. on M-137 for 2 miles.

Trail List:

Interlochen-Pines Nature Trail - 1 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Trail Description:

M- 137 Interlochen MI 49643
Phone Number: (231) 276-9511
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 187 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross Country Ski trail is not groomed.

Interlochen State Park is situated between two well-known fishing and swimming lakes: Green Lake and Duck Lake. The park was established as Michigan's first state park by the Michigan Legislature in 1917, which paid $60,000 for the land. The name of the park was originally Pine Park, a 200-acre public park created to preserve the virgin pine stand for the people of Michigan. In 1928, the National Music Camp was established on the property adjoining the northern boundary of the park.

The Interlochen Center for the Arts is adjacent to the park. Renowned musicians perform concerts year round. Schedules can be obtained online or by phoning (231) 276-7200, or (231) 276-9221.
Two nearby canoe liveries rent canoes. Riverside Canoe Livery on the Platte River can be contacted by calling (231) 325-5622 and Alvina's Canoe Rental on the Betsie River can be reached at (231) 276-9514.

Also popular at Interlochen State Park is the Three Discipline Triathlon Event hosted each July. For more information on the Three Discipline Event click here.

Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.


  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program - Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.  
  • Swimming
  • Fishing - Bass, pike and bluegill can be found in both lakes during the summer months. Smelt and pike are favorites of anglers who like ice fishing.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - One picnic shelter is available for rent. For reservations contact the park at (231) 276-9511.
  • Hiking
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. Three launches are maintained in the park. Each loop of the campground on Duck Lake has an access site, and the third is located in the rustic campground on Green Lake.
  • Concession/Store - Located in the day-use area, this store/café includes a video arcade, and is located near a volleyball court and the beach. Rowboats and kayaks are available to rent and reservations are available.
  • Cross Country Ski - Trails are not groomed.

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Interlochen State Park Map

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