Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

9001 US 23S
Mackinaw City, MI 49701- Map It
(231) 436-4100

AAA Editor Notes

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is 3 mi. s.e. on US 23. This is the site of an 18th-century industrial complex believed to be the oldest in the Great Lakes region. A water-powered sawmill built about 1790 provided lumber for construction on Mackinac Island. Archeological evidence of the sawmill, a dam and several houses was discovered in 1972 by a Cheboygan high school history teacher. There is a 12-minute audiovisual orientation. Demonstrations of sawmill operations are given daily. The reconstructed millwright’s house is near the sawmill. Interpretive nature trails lead to scenic overlooks, including a view of the Mackinac Bridge and a beaver colony. The guided 40-minute Adventure Tour combines hiking and zipline exploration of local wildlife and plants as well as a visit to the Forest Canopy Bridge and the Natural Trail climbing wall. Note: Adventure Tour participants must weigh between 50 and 250 pounds and be at least 4 feet tall. Clothing items that are not permitted on Adventure Tours include skirts, dresses, flip-flops and loose-fitting sandals; shoes must be securely attached. A liability waiver must be signed. Guided tours are available. Food is available.
$9; $6 (ages 5-12). Combination ticket with Colonial Michilimackinac and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, valid for 7 days, $24; $14 (ages 5-12). Adventure Tour additional $8.
Hours: Daily 9-6, early June-Labor Day; daily 9-5, early May-early June; Mon.-Fri. 11-5, Sat.-Sun. 9-5, day after Labor Day to mid-Oct. Adventure Tours are available daily (weather permitting).