Gratiot River County Park

 

The original Gratiot River County Park (100 acres and 4,000 feet of Lake Superior sand, slate, and cobble lakeshore) was established in 2002. It was acquired by Keweenaw County using a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant (75%) and a Federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant (NAWCA, 25%). The NWC advocated for the project at the township, county, and state levels; obtained the NAWCA grant on behalf of the County; helped obtain three Trust Fund Grant extensions; and facilitated/negotiated/resolved the grant development, mineral rights, easement, and cabin issues.


Shortly after the Park was established, the owners of the land immediately to the north launched plans to develop 24 lakefront homes with access via a bridge across the Gratiot River, right splat in the middle of the new Park.  To permanently preclude the bridge, the NWC purchased the land (called Gratiot River North) in 2003 and served as interim owner until late 2008, when the bulk of the GRN lakefront (122 acres and 4,489 feet of shoreline; the remainder acreage is NWC Gratiot River North) was acquired as an Addition to the Park by the County using another Trust Fund Grant (75%).  This second Trust Fund grant was written and administered by the NWC on behalf of the County, and the NWC donated the required 25% matching funds ($677,000) by selling the property for 75% of its state-appraised value.  Special recognition and thanks to then County Board Chairman Don Keith, whose vision and leadership were critical to the success of the Addition project.  It simply would not have happened without Mr. Keith.


If you love this area, please consider joining the NWC.  The Park and Addition would not exist without the efforts of the NWC, and the five years of interim ownership left the NWC considerably in debt.


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222 acres and 8,489 feet of Lake Superior sand, slate, and cobble shoreline, plus a half mile of the Gratiot River, site of a coaster brook trout research and restoration project. Contiguous with NWC Gratiot River North. A living Match.com setting: great for long walks on the beach, secluded picnics, and romantic sunsets.

Beachcombers delight: everything north/east of the river is for non-motorized use.

 

DIRECTIONS Proceed to Ahmeek (4 miles north of Calumet on US 41) then turn left on Hubbell Street (at the Ahmeek Streetcar Station) and go 2 blocks (the park will be on your left), then turn right on Bollman. After a couple blocks, Bollman turns into Five Mile Point Road. About 1.0 miles after leaving US 41, turn left on Gratiot River Shortcut Road (the Calvary Cemetery is on the right) and follow it 3.9 miles to the Park. This is a fairly well maintained graded dirt-and-gravel SEASONAL ROAD.


HOURS AND RULES Open every day. No fee. Fires permitted in contained areas. Rustic camping permitted in designated sites. Please pack out what you pack in. Quiet Hours from one hour after sunset to one hour after sunrise. Hunting and fishing permitted. Follow all safety regulations. No motorized vehicles on the beach or north/east of the river. Owned by Keweenaw County.