There are a total of five national parks in the state of Michigan: Isle Royale, Keweenaw, River Raisin, Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes. Each of these areas has a rich history and offers many things to do.
Sleeping Bear has a lighthouse, U.S. lifesaving stations, coastal villages and scenic farmland, along with recreational activities. Pictured Rocks is filled with sightseeing adventures and activities available for every season. At Pictured Rocks, visitors can enjoy hiking, camping and 40 miles of the Lake Superior shoreline.
The historic site of the Battle of Frenchtown, which occurred in 1812, is located in River Raisin. This is the battle where the United States took back the Northwest Territories. Keweenaw is the location of the Michigan copper mines. The mines have all been closed for safety reasons, but visitors are able to learn how investors and immigrants arrived in multitudes to mine for copper. Native people used this copper for trade and tool making.
Isle Royale is a quiet island in Lake Superior that is filled with wildlife such as moose and wolves. While visitors can hike and sightsee, they can also go kayaking, boating, canoeing and scuba diving. Backpackers can find solitude far from the hustle and bustle of civilization.