If someone asks you “what’s the most remote state park in Michigan”, how would you answer? Isle Royale? Good guess, but wrong. The answer would be Craig Lake State Park, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The park is spread out in the Upper Peninsula, with almost 10,000 acres that reaches from Marquette County to Baraga County.

Fishing here is extraordinary, with huge slimy pike being my favorite. There are also bass, bluegills, crappie, and perch. Craig Lake and the neighboring Crooked Lake and other smaller ones are literally packed with fish. If you leave here without catching some fish, you ain’t a fisherman. There are plenty of campsites that include cabins and yurts, but guess what?

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There are few or no roads that lead to the campsites. Nope, you have to hike.

The many, many miles of trails almost promise that you’ll run across some kind of wildlife, most hopefully a moose or two who spend the whole year – except for winter – hangin’ out throughout the park. There are also black bears to encounter and loons you might hear in the distance.

Frederick Miller, who founded the Miller Brewing Company in 1855, named some of the lakes after three of his kids, and even one named ‘High Life” (as in Miller High Life) Lake.

Ya got a vehicle with high-ground clearance or a four-wheel drive? They are your best bet for getting through the park’s rough terrain.

Check out Craig Lake State Park – Michigan’s Most Remote State Park – and make sure you take fishing gear…you won’t be sorry!

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