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Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

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Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

We want to bring our kids (ages 10, 8 and 4) to the UP to see some of the sites and are trying to decide where to camp. Although we want to drive around to see some sites, we love laying on the beach and swimming. We read that the water at Brimley State Park is swimmable but we don't know if this means that it is barely tolerable or if it is warm like Lake Michigan. We've also heard good reviews about Indian Lake State Park. Does anyone have any comments about either of these parks and which ones offer the most comfortable beach?

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1. Re: Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

Indiian Lake state park has a very shallow shoreline and was very warm when I was there in October.

It does have a couple of beach areas.

But it would be further from some of the major attractions than Brimley State Park.

But nearer to Porcupine Mountains if that area is on your list.

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2. Re: Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

There are two Indian State Parks on Indian Lake so I am not sure which park Greg2305 is talking about.

The South park is the bigger of the two.

Here is a link to Indian State Parks -

michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx…

Indian State Parks are close to

Big Springs (Kitch-iti-kipi)

exploringthenorth.com/bigspring/spring.html

Fayette State Park

www.exploringthenorth.com/fayette/park.html

Munising - (Pictured Rocks)

http://www.munising.org/

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/seney/

Germfask, Michigan - (canoe, kayak river trip)

Northland Outfitters

http://northoutfitters.com/

Big Cedar Campground, Canoe & Kayak Rental

www.exploringthenorth.com/bigcedar/camp.html

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3. Re: Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

"There are two Indian State Parks on Indian Lake"

I was referencing the South campground.

West is semi-modern with vault toilets.

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4. Re: Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

We go to Brimley several times per year. The water is colder than many of the Lake Michigan spots, but still swimmable. Especially by late July and August it is quite nice. When are you looking at coming? One big negative has been beach closings for two or three days after heavy rainfall (e. coli). Something to consider.

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5. Re: Which State Park? Indian State Park or Brimley?

I agree with Saultites. We have camped many times at Brimley and have always been able swim, long as it was July or August or September. While there, the beach has never been closed during our stay. The kids loved the small bay at Brimley.

Never have camped at Indian State Park, so I cannot advice you on it.

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