Fayette Historic State Park and Harbor

4785 II Road,
Garden, MI 49835
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Open Year-Round
Motorcoach Parking
One Pure Michigan Pledge

The 711-acre Fayette Historic State Park blends both nature and history. The park features a historic townsite, harbor slips, a boat launch, a beach and five miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails with impressive views from the limestone cliffs that surround the harbor. The modern campground has some campsites with 50 amp service.

The historic townsite, a once bustling iron smelting industrial community surrounding Snail Shell Harbor, features more than 20 historic buildings. A visitor center provides ample opportunities to learn about life in a 19th-century industrial town.

Snail Shell Harbor phone 906-644-2603 or off-season 906-644-2603. Marina: 45° 43’ 18” N 86° 40’ 15” W. The dock features 15 transient slips ranging in size from 1-38ft, 20-45ft and 46-60ft with 30/50AMP electrical pedestals which provide numerous overnight or day-use boating opportunities. Showers, a boat launch, grills, picnic tables, a visitor center and gift shop are located within walking distance.

Scuba diving is permitted in the harbor during certain times of the day. A fee and use permit are required. All submerged artifacts are to remain in place and nothing is to be removed from the harbor bottom.

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    Women walk along a pathway at Fayette Townsite on a beautiful summer day.
    A carriage on a street in Fayette.
    Snail Shell Harbor by the town of Fayette
    Aerial view of Fayette Historic Townsite and Snail Shell Harbor
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