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Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

Address: 9001 South US 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone Number: 231-436-4100
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A reconstruction of a mill from the 1790s, Historic Mill Creek is a functioning sawmill.
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A reconstruction of a mill from the 1790s, Historic Mill Creek is a functioning sawmill.

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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My husband and visited Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in September 2014 on a perfect Fall Day! My husband wasn't sure he wanted to spend the fee to enter the park, but we were especially interested in the logging history and the water wheel. So we took our chances. I'm glad we took the tour included in the price. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We loved the saw mill. It was one of the coolest demonstrations that we saw during our trip to the Mackinac area. Definitely a must see!

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Daytona Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were treated to a private tour on a cold rainy October day. Mr. Ed took the time to give us a thorough education and gave my 10 y/o the opportunity to operate the equipment. What a treasure he is. It's opportunities like this that make me glad I home school.

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Greenland NH
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We didn't even know about this place till we rode by one afternoon we were staying in Mackinaw City. We were pleasantly surprised it was a great place to visit and we especially liked the zipline. Going on the zipline was great as we went on a rope bridge and then through the woods for a nature walk first. We... More 

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Indiana
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17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Took the adventure tour, which included crossing the rope bridge and the zipline (my first one), enjoyed it, but the first step off the platform was a little scary, but loved the ride down. Also enjoyed the sawmill show, the man was very knowledgeable and interesting. He had a child from the audience assist him, which was entertaining and cute.... More 

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Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We are history buffs and found the historic, working mill fascinating. The docent, who has been doing the lumbering demonstration for some time, was very informative, engaging, and entertaining. We did the climbing wall and zip line as well. The talk and walk back to the zip line was led by a college biology student who shared a lot of... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was our last stop after visiting both forts and the lighthouse. The interpreters were great and gave the kids some hands on experience. Our grandchildren too young for zip line.

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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

You go Mackinaw Island, you visit the forts, and it's all pretty cool stuff, but how did they get the lumber to build those forts? The Historic Mill Creek Park tells an interesting story about what it took nearly 200 years ago to make the boards. For sure, fit in the 1 1/2 - 2 hours a visit here deserves.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The gentleman demonstrating the manual and saw mill method of cutting wood was a good and memorable presenter.

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St. Clair, Michigan, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Liked everything....trails are clearly marked and barrier free ramps make access to the trails available to strollers and physically limited guests. The Sawmill demonstration was very enlightening. Our narrator was Ed and he was very knowledgeable and brought history alive. The park offers a zip line and rock wall as well. Snacks are available for purchase. The park staff are... More 

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