Cecil Bay Park is located at the mouth of the Carp River and offers nearly a
mile of shoreline on Lake Michigan. Purchased in 1984, this undeveloped
land is open to fishing, and personal exploration. There is a beach that
offers swimming where the Carp River empties into Lake Michigan.
In 1990 Emmet County acquired a neighboring piece of land, increasing the park size to approximately 900 acres. In order to make the park more visitor friendly, the County has added a picnic shelter, parking area for day visitors, and steps to the river to protect the banks from erosion.