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Wawatam Park is a small little park located in Mackinaw City, just before the Mackinac Bridge on the Lower Peninsula side.

If you’re driving up from the south to get to the Upper Peninsula, it can make for a nice stop before make that bridge crossing! Or, stop here on your way back down as the last stop before you head home!

You’ll get amazing Mackinac Bridge views from Wawatam Park! 

 

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Wawatam park. where to see mackinac bridge. straits of mackinac. best spots in Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. photography spots. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. where to see mackinac bridge. straits of mackinac. best spots in Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. photography spots. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. where to see mackinac bridge. straits of mackinac. best spots in Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. photography spots. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. where to see mackinac bridge. best spots in Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. photography spots. Michigan travel blog.

 

This is on the Lake Huron side of the Mackinac Bridge. (You can also see the Mackinac Bridge from the Lake Michigan side.)

You can enjoy the views of Lake Huron!

 

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wawatam park. Mackinaw City heritage pathway. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. where to see mackinac bridge. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. where to see mackinac bridge. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

 

 

 

 

 

The beach at Wawatam Park

There’s a small beach at Wawatam Park, so…

This makes it a Mackinaw City beach that you can get Mackinac Bridge views!

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. no lifeguard. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. no lifeguard. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. no lifeguard. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. no lifeguard. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

Wawatam park beach. Mackinaw City Lake Huron, great lakes. Michigan travel blog.

 

 

Chief Wawatam

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Wawatam Park is named after Chief Wawatam.

The Ojibwa people were Native Americans who were said to have lived across parts of the midwest (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota) and Canada (Ontario). This included parts of Michigan, including the areas surrounding the Straits of Mackinac.

 

According to the Mackinaw City Historical Pathway:

Chief Wawatam, an Ojibway Indian living at the Straits of Mackinac, befriended the British fur trader Alexander Henry as a brother.

During the Indian attack on Fort Michilimackinac in 1973, Wawatam protected his friend and cared for him as a member of his own family.

Chief Wawatam has long been revered for his bravery and fidelity in protecting his English brother Henry.

 

 

Parking near Wawatam Park

There is a small parking lot right at the park, and there’s also free street parking right in front of the park. 

 

Wawatam park parking lot in Mackinaw City. Michigan travel blog

Wawatam park street parking in Mackinaw City. Michigan travel blog

 

The park is also near downtown Mackinaw City, about a 5 minute walk, so you can park somewhere around there too.

 

 

The beach park is near a Mackinac Island ferry port

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Wawatam beach park near mackinac island ferry port. Michigan travel blog

 

Wawatam Park is also right next to the departure spot of Shepler’s Mackinac Island ferry.

 

Wawatam park near mackinac island ferry port. Michigan travel blog

 

So if you have time before or after your ferry, you can walk over to the park too. 

 

 

Frequent visitors

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And when I went to Wawatam Park, there were a TON of geese there! But if you don’t bother them, then they won’t bother you!

 

Wawatam park - canadian geese in straits of mackinac in great lakes, lake huron. Michigan travel blog

Wawatam park - canadian geese in straits of mackinac in great lakes, lake huron. Michigan travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about the Wawatam Park in Mackinaw City!

 

Want more of the Mackinac Bridge?!

 

More ideas for the U.P.

 

Explore Lake Michigan too! (Time listed from Mackinaw City)

 

HAPPY SEEING THE MACKINAC BRIDGE FROM WAWATAM PARK!

 

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