Review of McLain State Park in Hancock, Michigan
August 2015 – 3 Nights
Being located right on Lake Superior, this park has a great atmosphere with the East end being notably nicer than the west. The West end is more open, but also means you are closer to your neighbors where the East end has all private sites where you have woods separating you and your neighbor. There are a few absolute gem campsites right across from the lake if you are lucky enough to find one open.
Campsite space is great in the East loop, but the west loop has typical back to back campsites with no privacy or space between you and your neighbor for the most part.
The West loop is all grassy sites, where as the East end has all asphalt back in pads with a lot of privacy and really nice campfire pits and picnic tables. The power outlets can be a stretch depending on what site you are on. Our 25 foot cord would not reach, but was able to easily hook up with 50 foot. There were quite a few sites that would need 75 foot though and a few that would need 100 foot. The office does have loaners in case yours does not reach.
There are 2 short hiking trails within the park that make for great little hikes with the kids or just a short relaxing walk on your own. If you are into mountain biking, the Keweenaw itself is a mountain biking meca with Copper Harbor, Calumet Swedetown, Hancock Maasto Hiihto and the Michigan Tech trails systems nearby.
The park is located on Lake Superior at the West mouth of the Portage Canal. There is a boat launch just up the road from the park called the Lily Pond.
If you have a boat and know where to go, I am sure you can find all kinds of good fishing. Note that the fishing pier that is identified on the park map is probably not fishable. There is a lake there, but the dock stops in a bunch of lily pads.
McLain’s State Park is a great park for the kids, that has a large day use area and 2 very kid friendly trails to hike. Just keep a close eye on them as the park is right on Lake Superior and there are some drop offs at the shoreline where Lake Superior has eroded away some of the bank.
Great place to camp. Cell signal is only good enough for barely getting out a text message, which I will say is a good thing! The Keweenaw Peninsula has some great places to explore and McLain’s puts you in a great location for a base camp while exploring the Keweenaw.