Council Lake Campsites

Hiawatha National Forest

There are many campsites on the Munising and Rapid River/Manistique Ranger Districts of the Hiawatha National Forest. Many are located on inland lakes and are in a rustic forest environment with few to no amenities and no drinking water. The rustic environment offers a wonderfully serene and peaceful setting for your next camping experience. 

The Council Lake Campsites sit on the shores of Council Lake in the center of the Hiawatha National Forest.

It is located amid a series of forested lakes and provides ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy nature in the scenic surroundings.

There are four 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 site 1, but toilet paper is not provided.

There is NO drinking water.

Lake Name: Council Lake

Number of Sites: 4

Maximum Number of People: 8 (for each site)

Toilets: 1 (by site 1)

Boat Access: Carry-In

Lake Size (acres): 14

Need to Know

Natural Features

These four campsites are situated on the quaint 12 - acre Council Lake, nestled in a mixed stand of hardwood and pine trees. They are on the southern shores of Council Lake, close to adjoining Red Jack and Scout lakes.


Council Lake is a 12-acre lake with yellow perch, rock and largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, bullhead and northern pike. Licenses are required to fish in Michigan waters.  

Council Lake is part of a small chain of lakes and offers excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities. There is a short portage that links Council Lake to Bar Lake and the Indian Wild and Scenic River.
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. 

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.

Contact Information



Phone Number

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

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Munising, Michigan, take Highway M-28 east towards Shingleton. 

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