Have an Adventure. 

This is Mackinac. 

Witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes. Smell the sawdust as sawyers demonstrate the pit saw method of cutting lumber, then feel the power of the creek used to cut timber inside the reconstructed sawmill. 

Join trained naturalists for guided hikes of the northern forest, and then take time to explore the natural beauty of Mill Creek State Park, which has more than three miles of groomed hiking trails. 

For the safety of our visitors and guests during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park has been delayed to June 15. This date is subject to change as this situation evolves. Click here for more information. Additionally, due to health concerns, the Adventure Tour has been suspended for the 2020 season.

Thank you for your understanding.


Live Programs and Tours

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Historical demonstrations by costumed interpreters and nature programs are conducted throughout the day. Exciting programs for the 2020 season include Mill Creek at Work: Sawpit and Sawmill Demonstrations, Creatures of the Forest at the Forest Clearing, and Beyond the Sawmill, a guided walking tour. Click any link below for daily events.
June 15 – September 6, 2020
September 7 – September 27, 2020

Adventure Tour

The Adventure Tour has been suspended for the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants must meet Adventure Tour Guidelines.


The Visitor’s Center and Millwright’s House have exhibits on the history of the site featuring archaeological artifacts.


A fifteen-minute program, Historic Mill Creek, is presented in the theater in the Visitor’s Center. It repeats every 20 minutes.

Hands-on Fun

Kids and adults will enjoy the outdoor Water Power Station, the Forest Friends Play Area, and the view from the top of the Treetop Discovery Tower.

Nature Trails

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is situated on over 600 acres with three miles of trails that contain beautiful forests, wildflowers and scenic views. A variety of wildlife species make their homes here. Even the novice hiker will find adventure in the northern forest.

Watch the video below to see Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park in action!