Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Private Events

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park was originally in operation in the late 1780s, providing much of the lumber used to help build Mackinac Island. Witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes. Then take time to explore the natural beauty of Mill Creek State Park, which has more than three miles of groomed hiking trails.

Schedule & Amenities

Private events may be scheduled at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park from early May through October. All reservations include a 3-hour time block with the exhibits available for viewing. In the summer months, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is available daily 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event set-up and preparation may begin after 5:30 p.m. for reception/dinner functions. No vendor or guest will be allowed to enter before that time. Guests may begin arriving any time after 6:30 p.m. Events and clean-up must be concluded by 10:00 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather at Historic Mill Creek, the pavilion located near Historic Mill Creek Visitor’s Center will be available to guests. The pavilion offers 6 picnic tables for 36 people. Tables will be arranged underneath and the grounds near the pavilion.

Programs

All historic buildings will be open for guests. MSHP provides two historical interpreters to present a program highlighting the mill’s history which includes a mill and sawpit demonstration.

Guidelines

— A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the private event to answer questions about the historic site.

— Decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Signage cannot be hung on the walls or within any windows.

— It is the responsibility of the group to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the reservation; otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by Mackinac State Historic Park staff. Mackinac State Historic Parks will not take the responsibility for storage of any items before or after the scheduled date.

— Any special equipment brought onto a Mackinac State Historic Parks site must be approved prior to the day of the event. This includes lighting or amplifications systems.

— Due to Mackinac State Historic Parks’ mission of preserving the natural integrity of the state park, only acoustic music is allowed. Use of amplification and sound systems must be approved by the Group Travel and Special Events Coordinator. Volume will be monitored by the Park Manager.

— Properly licensed caterers are welcome at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Excessive alcohol consumption within MSHP buildings and grounds is strictly prohibited.

— “No Smoking” policy is enforced for all Mackinac State Historic Parks buildings and grounds.

— Electricity is available in the park, but accessibility to the outlet is limited.

— Restrooms are located at the pavilion and will remain open for the guests.

— Parking must be in the parking lot of the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Visitor’s Center. No vehicles will be permitted onto the actual historical site grounds. Most of the trails and pathways within Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park are not paved.

Fee

A non-refundable $250 deposit must be made to secure Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park for a private event. Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

0-99 guests                                 $750

100-200 guests                          $1,500

Refund Policy

— $250 is non-refundable under any circumstances.

— Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.

Contact

If you wish to view Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, please call to schedule a visit. The historic site is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Cassondra Boothroyd
(231) 436-4100
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701