Council Lake Dispersed Campsite

Hiawatha National Forest

Council Lake Campsite sits on the shores of Council Lake in the center of the Hiawatha National Forest. Its location amid a series of forested lakes provides ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy nature in the scenic surroundings.

There are four primitive campsites at Council Lake for tent and small RV camping. Each campsite is equipped with a table and a campfire ring. A pit toilet is located near one of the sites, but toilet paper is not provided.

The day-use area is equipped with tables and a campfire ring with a grill. The area is near a beach that is perfect for lounging and swimming. No drinking water is provided at the campsite; water must be brought in and garbage must be carried out.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The small campground is nestled in a mixed stand of hardwood trees and pines. It is on the southern shores of Council Lake, close to adjoining Red Jack and Scout lakes.


Council Lake is a 14-acre lake with yellow perch, rock and largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, bullhead and northern pike. Licenses are required to fish in Michigan waters. Non-motorized boats can be used on the lake, however access at the campground is by land only. A boat ramp can be found at adjoining Red Jack Lake. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular among visitors to the tranquil campsite.

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 906-387-2512

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Driving Directions

From Munising, Michigan, take Highway 28 east towards Shingleton. Turn south on Highway 13 at Wetmore. After 10 miles turn right onto Forest Service Road 2261. Continue until the road ends at Council Lake.

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