Hoeft State Park

Hoeft State Park Scenes

Hoeft State Park of Presque Isle County, Michigan

Hiking Hoeft State ParkCross Country Skiing Hoeft State Park

Trail Distance:

4.5 miles long.


5 miles North of Rogers City via US-23.

Trail Names:

Trail Description:

5001 US-23 North
Rogers City MI 49779
Phone Number: (989) 734-2543
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 301 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross Country Ski trail is groomed.

Hoeft State Park is a heavily wooded 300-acre park with a mile of sandy, Lake Huron shoreline. The moderating effect of Lake Huron causes temperatures to be less extreme during both summer and winter and also causes up to two weeks delay in season changes compared to a few miles inland. This was one of the first 14 Michigan State Parks. The original property was donated by lumber baron, Paul H. Hoeft on January 2, 1922. A picnic shelter still in use was built in the day use area by the Civilian Conservation Corps in late 1930s. The campground consists of 143 campsites and a mini cabin.


  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program - Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
  • Hunting - The West side of US-23 is open to hunting. For hunting information call the park at (989)734-2543.
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children. Two playgrounds available, one in the day use area and one in the campground. Two horseshoe pits are also available, one located in the day use and one in the campground. Horseshoes are available at the contact station. Two volleyball pits are available in the campground beach area.
  • Swimming - Lake Huron Beach Information. A beautiful sandy beach on Lake Huron for sun bathing and swimming within 100 yards of modern campground.
  • Fishing - The park is a popular staging area for anglers who access Lake Huron from Rogers City Marina or Hammond Bay Harbor. Popular species sought after include chinook salmon, coho salmon, walleye, lake trout, and brown trout. There are also many streams and inland lakes in the area where various species of fish can be found.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - The picnic shelter provides a beautiful view of Lake Huron and can be rented by calling 989-734-2543. This building was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is a log and stone building featuring a beautiful setting for weddings, family reunions, etc. Cost is $50 per day.
  • Biking - A 10-foot wide paved non-motorized trail starts in the day use area and connects at the park entrance to the Huron Sunrise Trail. It stretches to Rogers City riding along the beach next to Lake Huron and ends at Calcite Limestone Quarry, the world's largest open pit limestone mine. This trail also connects to Herman Vogler Conservation Area which includes seven miles of hiking and biking trails.
  • Hiking - The park features 4.5 miles of trails running through gently rolling, mixed hardwood/conifer forest as well as along the Lake Huron shoreline. There are many wildflowers to view, especially in the spring.
  • Cross Country Ski - A total of 4.5 miles of trails running through gently rolling, mixed hardwood/conifer forest as well as along the Lake Huron shoreline. Trails are not groomed.
  • 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.

The park is a convenient stop over or staging area for travelers planning activities in the Straits area. The Mackinac Bridge is 50 miles northwest via US-23. Bicyclists can use the bike trail to Rogers City just 4.5 miles away. For more information on events in this area please visit the Rogers City Chamber of Commerce web page by Clicking Here.

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

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Map of Hoeft State Park

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