Van Riper State Park
Van Riper State Park is located 35 miles west of Marquette off of U.S. 41. This1,055-acre park is home to 1.5 miles of waterfront on both Lake Michigamme and the Peshekee River.
The park features a designated swim beach, a bicycle pump track, an accessible playground, trails, picnic areas, a paved trail to historic Champion and more. The park is popular for its designated swim beach that features a fine sandy shoreline and moderate water temperatures - a sometimes pleasant change from Lake Superior temperatures.
Blueberry Ridge Pathway, located just 35 miles away in Marquette, is one of the Upper Peninsula’s most popular trails for cross-country skiing and hiking.
Before visiting a state park, boating site or
trail, it’s always a good idea to check the latest closures due to
weather-related events, planned improvement projects and repairs. Visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures.
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