Clear Lake State Park

Clear Lake State Park of Montmorency County, Michigan

Hiking Clear Lake State ParkCross Country Skiing Clear Lake State Park

Trail Distance:

4 miles long with 2 loops 1.5 and 3.5 miles long.


10 Miles North of Atlanta on M-33.

Trail List:

Trail Description:

20500 M- 33 North Atlanta MI 49709
Phone Number: (989) 785-4388
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 290 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross Country Ski trail is groomed.

Located in elk country, Clear Lake State Park is a quiet, secluded retreat offering a sandy beach and a shallow swimming area that is ideal for children. Dedicated a State Park in 1966, the park has 290 acres of land and encompasses 2/3 of the Clear Lake's shoreline.

Mackinaw State Forest

Clear Lake State Park is located within the Mackinaw State Forest. This State Forest is composed of the northern eight counties of the Lower Peninsula. The Atlanta area of this forest contains over 258,000 acres of state-owned public land. Most of the virgin timber was removed from the forest by the 1920s and has been replaced by second-growth forests managed by the DNR. Deer, elk, turkey and small game are plentiful in the Mackinac State Forest. Hunting is allowed in the State Forest during the approved seasons.

Elk Sightings

Elk can be seen and heard throughout the area in the early morning and evening, especially during the spring and fall. Native elk disappeared from Michigan nearly 100 years ago, they were reintroduced in 1918 and have multiplied into a large herd.
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.
  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site - The 48.5-mile scenic drive afford an opportunities to see deer, elk, black bear, snowshoes hare, fox, coyote, racoon, squirrel, ruffed grouse, bald eagle, loon and great blue heron. The fall season with the changing colors is an especially beautiful time to view the area.
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Swimming - Clear lake Day Use Beach Information Clear Lake Beach Information A sandy beach and shallow swimming areas make this an ideal location for swimming.
  • Fishing - The 133-acre Clear Lake is spring fed and has a depth of 100 feet. A variety of fish species have been planted and the lake is excellent for trout and smallmouth bass.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. Horseshoe courts and playground equipment are located near a sandy beach on the south shore.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - Contact the park at 989-785-4388 to reserve the shelter.
  • Hiking - From the park there is access to more than 70 miles of hiking trails.
  • Mountain Biking - The Canada Creek trail loop provides about four miles of mountain biking opportunities in addition to nearby forest pathways. The trails are shared with hikers in the park.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. Two paved launch sites provide access to the spring-fed lake.
  • Cross Country Ski - From the park there is access to more than 70 miles of trails suitable for cross-country skiing.
  • Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

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Map of Clear Lake State Park

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