Holland State Park is a public recreation area located on the shores of Lake Michigan, six miles (9.7km) southwest of Grand Marais in Emmet County, Michigan. The state park encompasses 1,400 acres (567ha), and lies adjacent to U.S. Route 23. It contains sand dunes that are excellent examples of parabolic dunes formed by winds during late-summer storms. These dunes form when hot air from underground rises through porous rock into the surface, creating low pressure which draws cooler air from above. This cool air cannot hold the moisture as well as warm air can, causing it to rise. When this happens, the rising air takes with it fine particles of sediment, which create clouds and fall back to earth as snowflakes.
Over time, these falling sediments build up into large deposits known as dunes. There are at least 50 such dunes within the park, ranging from less than 10 to more than 30 meters (30 to 100 feet) high. In some places, the wind has piled hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand into dunes higher than 60 meters (200feet). One of these larger dunes was named “Mount Agamenticus” after an ancient Greek mountain.
Another nearby dune was given the name “Pelican Peak.” Both Mount Agamenticus and Pelican Peak were featured in the film Zombieland. A third dune within the park was also used for filming Zombieland; its name was “Cedar Glen Dunes”. Scenes from several movies have been filmed here, including Little Big Man (1994), Independence Day (1996), I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998), Missile to the Moon (2000), The Majestic (2001), Valentine’s Day (2010), and Olympus Has Fallen (2018).
The park includes two non-profit organizations’ campgrounds: Camp Cleawox near the northern half of the park, and Camp Unity near the southern half. Each campground provides modern amenities like flush toilets, showers, heat, water, and electrical hookups. To help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the state implemented an entrance fee for this park. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $10 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an active permit or license plate tab. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and Oklahoma residents age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Oklahoma residents.
The state park offers activities such as:
- picnicking areas
- cross-country skiing