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part ofHuron-Manistee National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


Seaton Creek Campground adjoins Seaton Creek and is at the upper end of the backwater of Hodenpyl Dam Pond on the Big Manistee River. The forest surrounding the campground is mostly pine and the sites are rustic. The closest town is Mesick.

Natural Features:

The terrain surrounding Hodenpyl Dam Pond is characterized as hilly with a mix of hardwoods and conifers. Briar Hill, which has the second-highest elevation in the lower peninsula, is located about five miles east of Hodenpyl Dam Pond. A number of other tributaries enter Hodenpyl Dam Pond from the east, flowing off the slopes of Briar Hill. These streams are characterized by very high gradient and cold temperatures. They include Seaton Creek, Small Creek, Preston Creek, Cripple Creek, and several unnamed streams. These streams mostly host a mix of brown and brook trout, although a few have only brook trout. The trailhead for the Manistee River Trail is within the campground.


The surrounding waters offer excellent fishing opportunities for both panfish (perch, bluegil, crappie, sunfish) and game fish (trout, bass, pike, salmon). For State Fishing Regulations consult the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website, website http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/ . Kayakers may access the campground by traveling up the very shallow Seaton Creek, however canoeing is not recommended unless you're putting in at the Hodenpyl Backwaters. From there, you can canoe the Big Manistee. There is a connector trail to the Manistee River Trail from this site. The North Country National Scenic Trail can be reached by crossing the suspension bridge over the Manistee River. The Upper Branch Trailhead is also nearby.


Two group sites and 17 family sites area situated near a picnic area on the Hodenpyl Backwater of the Manistee River. There are two vault restroom buildings. Sites have fire rings and picnic tables. Drinking water is available.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Bear Pole
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Backpacking
  • Bait Shop
  • Cafe
  • Camping Supplies
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Grocery Store
  • Host
  • Ice Machine
  • Medical Facilities
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • An extra vehicle fee applies after the 1st vehicle on single sites and after the 5th vehicle on group sites.
  • Single sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All equipment must fit on the site. Vehicles should only park in developed areas.
    • 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):
    44.35778, -85.80917
    44°21'28"N, 85°48'33"W

    From the north: Follow M-37 south 6 miles from Mesick. Turn right on 26 Road (near Yuma) for 1.7 miles, then right on O'Rourke Drive for 1.3 miles, then right on Forest Road 5993 for 0.4 mile to the site.

    From the south: Take M-37 north 9 miles from its intersection with M-55. Turn left on 26 Road for 1.7 miles, then right on O'Rourke Drive for 1.3 miles, then right on Forest Road 5993 for 0.4 miles to the site.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    P.O. Box 69
    Manistee  MI  49660

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (231)723-0141

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