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WINTER CAMPING NOT AVAILABLE: An entry gate has been installed. It will be locked for the winter when the campground is closed. There will be no winter camping access.

LAKE MICHIGAN AT MANISTEE, MI

part ofHuron-Manistee National Forests, US Forest Service
Photo: LAKE MICHIGAN AT MANISTEE
Status: Closed through Wed May 06 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lake Michigan Campground is perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, 15 miles south of Manistee. The area creates an incredible setting with a scenic overlook of the lake and a sandy swimming beach. This family campground provides an array of hiking and biking trails, plus swimming, fishing and kayaking.

Natural Features:

The recreation area sits on the eastern banks of Lake Michigan along Porter Creek, due north of Hamlin Lake. As the second largest of the five Great Lakes, Lake Michigan provides stunning views and limitless options for water recreation. It covers a whopping 22,400 square miles and ranks as the fifth largest lake in the world.

The Huron-Manistee National Forests encompass nearly a million acres of public protected land. Nearly 6,000 acres is wetlands that extend over the northern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

Recreation:

A hardwood forest gives way to a beautiful sandy beach at the shores of the lake with a playground for younger campers. Trout fishing in Lake Michigan is another big draw.

Bird watchers delight in seeing unique species like the piping plover and prairie warbler.

The Arrowhead Trail, a short loop trail created by Boy Scouts, forms a loop between the campground and the beach. A trailhead for the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is also within the recreation area.

Facilities:

An amphitheater offers educational programs throughout the peak season. Other amenities include flush and vault toilets, beach access and an overlook deck. Campsites are equipped with picnic tables and pedestal grills.

Group campsites can each accommodate a maximum of 50 guests.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area has abundant trails for hiking and backpacking.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Be sure to reserve a site that will accommodate your equipment. The site you reserve is your site. You may not move to another site.
  • This campground has first-come, first-serve sites
  • Group sites are for tent camping only
  • No electric hookups available
  • Limit 1 vehicle per site; a daily fee will be charged for extra vehicles
  • Click here for more information on 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):
44.11917, -86.4275
44°7'9"N, 86°25'39"W

From the north, take US-31 south 10 miles from its junction with M-55 in Manistee, then right on Forest Trail Road (FS 5629) for 8 miles to the site.

From the south, take US-31 north 11.5 miles from its junction with US-10 at Scottville, then left onto Forest Trail Road (FS 5629) for 8 miles the site.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LAKE MICHIGAN AT MANISTEE
LOWER PENNISULA
  MI 

Phone Number:

Information:  (231)723-0141
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