Official Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism

Historic Mill CreekHistoric Mill Creek
P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 47901

Visitors can witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes and soar like an eagle on the zip line during the Adventure Tour.

Live Programs and Tours

Historical demonstrations by costumed interpreters and nature programs are conducted throughout the day. 

Adventure Tour

Trek though the treetops on the Adventure Tour! This special, guided nature experience takes visitors over the Forest Canopy Bridge, down the 425-foot Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and up the five-story Treetop Discovery Climbing Wall. A separate ticket and signed waiver are required. 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.

Audiovisual Program

A fifteen-minute program 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.

Hours of Operation

Closed for the 2017 season. Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park will re-open on May 4, 2018. 

2018 Hours of Operation

May 4  – June 8
9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m.

June 9  – September 2
9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Last Admission 5:00 p.m.

September 3 – October 7
Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Last Admission 4:00 p.m.

Visitor Services

Refreshments and Picnic Area 
A variety of fresh and packages snacks and beverages are sold in the Visitor’s Center. Picnic grounds and a Picnic Shelter are located on site.

The Museum Store in the Visitor’s Center offers a wide range of books, souvenirs and specialty gift items.

Accessible restrooms are located adjacent to the Visitor’s Center. Toilets are located at two locations along the trails.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park warmly welcomes guests with special needs. Learn more about how guests with limited mobility or other special needs can fully enjoy their visit. 

Visitation Tips & Courtesies

Getting Around
Please keep in mind that Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is very much an outdoor experience so prepare accordingly for various weather conditions. We recommend walking shoes and comfortable clothing. Please be sure to collect a Map & Schedule at the entrance. 

Touring Time
There is a lot to see and do at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. We recommend that you plan to spend a minimum of one to two hours touring the site.

Pet Friendly
Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome. Water bowls are located near the Visitor’s Center.

Photography is permitted and encouraged in all areas. Professional or group photography must be approved in advance.

Electronic Devices
Please silence electronic devices during audiovisual presentations and live demonstrations.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is a smoke-free site.

Hours of Operation (Seasonal May-Oct):
  • Pet Friendly
  • Historical Attraction
  • Historical Tour