McLain State Park

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go… you know… I went.” – Forrest Gump

McLain State Park

There are so many good things about this State Park… I don’t know where to begin. My sister had her wedding here on a beautiful August day, and it was amazing. McLain is one of the most popular state parks in the UP, and for good reason. The campsites are great, the staff are great, the amenities are great, and the location is top of the line. Western shore of the Keweenaw, only a 15 minute drive from the Houghton/Hancock area, and withing easy distance of all the Copper Country destinations. A Google map of McLain State Park is right here.

In the open area near the pavilion. North & South.

The beach itself at McLain State Park is nothing jaw-dropping, but it is very unique. Winter ice and storm erosion has continued to push the bank back and created a neat 15 to 20 foot cliff along the beach. The park has set up benches all along the edge for campers to watch the magnificent sunsets. There is a large open area by the parking lot where kids like to play. The popular local event known as K-Day is also held here… Check out the shoreline viewer.

Lots of great sunsets...

I do highly recommend this park, and beach. Its a spectacular destination not only for travelers but also for locals. On the night I took these pictures of the sunset, I found numerous fossilized rocks… even in the fading light. I’ve had two sisters who’ve been explorer guides at the park… so the park has had good fortune for a while. My younger sister provided me the following quote, which I’ll end with:

When wandering around the area known as McLain State Park, you shouldn’t be surprised at the diversity therein. On your average summer day you can experience the cold dew of morning, the burning sunshine of midday, and the delightfully gentle breeze of evening (perfect for sitting around a campfire!). Wildlife abounds within the park boundaries, from black bear and deer to sea gulls and chickadees. Walking along the beach will bring you either that precious agate you’ve been hopingĀ  for or the juiciest wild blueberries you’ve ever had. With over 2 miles of paved road within the park, roller skaters and bikers alike can enjoy an outdoor experience, while the miles of walking trails offer wildlife encounters for the nature-seeking. All park attractions aside, there’s nothing like sitting around the campfire at night with your family and friends, listening to the lapping waters, gazing at the dancing stars, and marveling at the works of the great Creator!

Skipping stones...

That's the lighthouse up the beach at the canal...

Whatta dive.

4 responses to “McLain State Park

  1. Bill says:

    What about da beaches on Isle Royale?

    • Great question. My sister has worked a summer on the island, so I do know of the beaches. My plan was to go there in the fall if I found time, but school made things difficult for me. Hopefully in the future though!

  2. Trisha says:

    You forgot about the breakwall at the end of Mclain State Park. That s the TRUE experience and where everyone goes. Noe sure if you are a local here so you may not have known. The breakwall you can jump off into freezing cold water. About 10-15 ft. jump. It’s exhilarating! There are people standing there for hours thinking of jumping but never do! Great fun. It’s within line of the lighthouse that you see in your pic.

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