PORT AUSTIN, MI – The relaxing splash of Lake Huron’s waves on the three miles of sandy beaches at Port Crescent State Park is just one of several reasons it’s worth the visit.
In the daylight, park supervisor Brian Dunn said you may be able to spot deer, turkeys, swans, cranes, turtles and more along the Pinnebog River. People can fish, canoe or hike along the river to spot some of the wildlife.
The park offers three walking trails, all which weave through the sand dunes. There are designated paths for people and their pets to walk on.
Dunn said it’s important to not walk on the dunes as the dune ecology is very fragile and once the plants are stepped on, they will likely die causing more sand movement.
Port Crescent State Park on Lake Huron
Pets are allowed everywhere in the park except the designated swimming area with buoys in the campground. All pets must always be under the owner’s immediate control on up to a six-foot leash.
Camping season is from spring until mid-October this year, but the park remains open for exploring through the winter.
“I like that we’re able to offer an opportunity for so many different people to recreate. Whether it is camping, whether it is staying in a cabin, whether it is hiking, whether it is cross country skiing, we have so much to offer and it’s so close to a lot of people,” Dunn said.
During the regular Michigan hunting and trapping seasons, the park allows it except for in the campground itself and around the headquarters building.
Star gazers can take advantage of one out of the six dark sky preserves across the state where artificial light is limited.
Dunn said the park is open all night for people who are specifically the night sky. The regular day use park is closed at 10 pm
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