Onaway State Park

Onaway State Park

Onaway State Park of Presque Isle County, Michigan

Hiking Onaway State ParkCanoe or Kayaking Onaway State Park

Trail Distance:

3 miles long with 2 loops 1 and 2 miles long.


6 miles N. of Onaway on Highway M-211

Trail List:

Trail Description:

3622 N. M-211
Onaway MI 49765
Phone Number: (989) 733-8279
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 158 (Acres)
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Onaway State Park is located on the southeast shore of beautiful Black Lake in Presque Isle County. The park encompasses 158 acres of rugged but picturesque land, including sand cobblestone beaches, large unique rock out-croppings and a diverse variety of trees. You may observe all these natural features by hiking the park's three-mile nature trail. The campground, set among virgin white pines, offers solitude and serenity and plenty of family fun.

One of the DNR's oldest state parks, it was acquired in 1920 from Presque Isle County and private donors. The park was dedicated in 1921. It is located in an area that was once frequented by the Chippewa Indians.

A variety of natural and historic attractions are located near the park. Just 10 miles east of the park is the picturesque Ocqueoc Falls, the largest waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Another smaller waterfall is located a short walk down the river. Nearby, the Ocqueoc Falls is the underground river, a part of the Ocqueoc River that appears from a hillside and cascades over rocks and fallen trees on its way to the river bed. Fifteen miles south of the park is Shoepac Lake and the Tomahawk Lakes. Know for their good fishing, this area is also known for its sinkholes. Formed when springs eroded the soft bedrock, causing the surface to cave in, these sinkholes are now filled with trees, flowers, and wildlife. Shoepac Lake itself is a water-filled sinkhole of great depth. The nearby city of Onaway has been designated the "Sturgeon Capital of Michigan." Park visitors are also only about 45 miles away from Old Mill Creek Historic State Park and Fort Michilimackinac, a restored 1700s community.

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


  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Swimming - Black Lake Beach Information
  • Fishing - At 10,130 acres, Black Lake is the seventh largest lake in Michigan. It abounds with walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and the elusive lake sturgeon.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - An enclosed park pavilion overlooking Black Lake is available for group activities and family reunions. There is a small fee to reserve the building.
  • Hiking - The park's three-mile nature trail allows hikers to view all the natural features of the park and surrounding areas.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. The boat launch at the park provides safe and easy access to the rich, year-round fishery.
  • Cross Country Ski - Trails are groomed for cross country skiing.

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Map of Onaway State Park

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