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part ofHuron-Manistee National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 11 2015   Season Dates


Gleasons Landing is a very popular campground on the banks of the Pere Marquette River. With a selection of shaded and secluded spots, the campground is perfect for peaceful nature immersion.

The Pere Marquette River was designated a National Scenic River in 1978, the first in Michigan, and it regularly attracts many canoeing, kayaking and fishing enthusiasts. The 66-mile stretch of river begins east of Baldwin and empties into Lake Michigan at Ludington.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on a bluff overlooking the picturesque Pere Marquette River. It is surrounded by a mix of white pine and oak trees.

The Huron-Manistee National Forests encompass a million acres throughout the northern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The forests provide recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife and resources for local industry.


A major draw to the campground is world-class fishing. The free flowing river maintains large populations of resident brown trout, steelhead and salmon. Gleason Landing marks the start of a zone for fly fishing and catch and release only. Reel fishing is available upstream. A boat ramp is located within the campground.

Canoeing and kayaking is very popular on the river, and boat rentals are available in Baldwin. A permit is required to float the river from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Trails along the river provide shore access for anglers and short, scenic nature walks for hikers.


The walk-in campsites promise lovely views of the river. Family sites are each equipped with a picnic table, lantern post and campfire ring. Two group sites can accommodate up to 20 people each. Drinking water is provided but no hookups are available.

Nearby Attractions:

A trailhead for the North Country National Scenic Trail is a short drive away. The trail extends from New York to North Dakota, spanning 4,600 miles.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • Limit 2 vehicles per campsite; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • Limit 8 campers per campsite
  • Click here for more information on the Huron-Manistee National Forests
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.87111, -85.92028
43°52'16"N, 85°55'13"W

From Baldwin, take 7th street west 5 blocks to Cherry Street, then south 1.5 blocks to 52nd Street (Carr Road), go west 2 miles to Jenks Road and turn left. Drive 0.4 miles and turn right on Shortcut Road and drive 0.7 miles. Turn right at T junction onto 60th Street and take the first left at S Brooks Road. Follow the road to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BALDWIN  MI  49411

Phone Number:

Information:  (231)745-8760
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