Leg Lake Campsites

Hiawatha National Forest

The dispersed campsites on the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District are located on inland lakes and are in a rustic forest environment with few, if any amenities. The rustic environment offers a wonderfully serene and peaceful setting for your next campout.

There are two primitive campsites located on the 40 acre Leg Lake. The sites lie about 1/4 miles west of County Road 437 between Forest Roads 2694 and 2438. Leg Lake has good fishing for northern pike, largemouth bass, black crappies and bluegills. Some yellow perch and bullheads may also be caught. No drinking water is available.

Site 1 is located on the west side of the lake. It is a very large semi-open area that would be suitable for group camping or family gatherings with trailers. A primitive toilet is located at the site. There is a good swimming area at site 1, but because it lies much lower than the campsite, it cannot be seen from the site.

Site 2 is a small, wooded area located on the east side of the lake. This site is suitable for one family. Trailers are not recommended because of the limited turn-around space.

There is an unimproved boat access located adjacent to site 2. It is intended for day-use only. Only small boats and trailers are recommended at this access.

Gasoline, groceries, fishing and camping supplies, ice and deli are available approximately 2 miles south on County Road 437 in the Thunder Lake area.

Lake Name Number of Sites Maximum number of people per site Toilets Boat Access Lake Size (acres)
Leg Lake 2 Site 1 (24) Site 2 (8) Yes BI 40

Need to Know

Natural Features

All of these sites are nestled in hardwood trees and pines. All of them are on small inland lakes, which offer a wide variety of fishing opportunities. There is one exception; Camp Cook, which is close to the Fishdam River and provides opportunities for good brook trout fishing.

Nearby Attractions

There is a number of horse, bike, and hiking trails within minutes of several of the sites. In over a mile from these campsites, visitors can expect to find: bait shops, general and grocery stores, gas, a pay phone, trailheads, a fishing pier, biking, and kayak/canoe rentals.


Visitors will be able to enjoy swimming, berry picking, and fishing at these dispersed campsites. Licenses are required for fishing in Michigan waters. Some of these campsites offer only one site on these inland lakes allowing for a very peaceful and wilderness-like experience.

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 906-474-6442 OR 906-387-2512

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Cooks (about 12 miles west of Manistique or 24 miles east of Rapid River on US-2) drive north 4.4 miles on County Road 442 to CR 437. Turn left (north) on CR 437 and drive 13.3 miles to FR 2697. Turn left (west) and drive to site 2 or turn left (west) off CR 437 at about 13.2 miles on FR 2438 and drive 0.7 mile to reach site 1.

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