At only 36 acres Wilson is one of the smallest parks in the system but it has a lot of history. The land along the western shoreline of Budd Lake for the state park was donated to the city of Harrison in 1900, then transferred to the state in 1922. The park was originally the site of the Wilson Brothers Sawmill and Company Store, which thrived in the late 1800s The state park was dedicated in 1927. The Civilian Conservation Corps was active in the park from 1939 to 1941 and built the magnificent stone and wood beach house designed by Ralph B. Herrick. He designed many other buildings for the state parks including the Ludington beach house.
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