Michigan's State Forest Campgrounds

rustic cabinIf you are looking for a back-to-basics camping experience with plenty of space between campsites, Michigan's more than 130 state forest campgrounds are the place for you. 

Located throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula, the state forest campgrounds provide over 3,000 rustic campsites in the nearly 4-million acres of state forest. 

State Forest CampingEvery state forest campground is located on a river or lake, providing excellent access to fishing, boating and canoeing/kayaking. More than 60 campgrounds have nearby nonmotorized trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature observation. The campgrounds also are the base for other recreation opportunities including picnicking, mushroom gathering, berry picking, cross-country skiing and hunting.

 

Accommodations

Accommodations range from 5 to 50 campsites, with group sites available at some campgrounds. All campgrounds have vault toilets and potable water from hand pumps. Some sites are so remote they can only be reached by a determined hike through picturesque woods or by paddling down a scenic river course. This kind of camping is for those who really want a connection with nature, and rest assured, you'll get a great connection here!

Some State Forest Campgrounds Now Offer Advanced Reservation Options

The following State Forest Campgrounds have been added to the Central Reservation System. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance by visiting www.midnrreservations.com or calling 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

Lake Margrethe State Forest Campground Crawford County
Little Presque Isle (Rustic Cabins) Marquette County
Elk Hill Equestrian State Forest Campground Otsego  County
Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground Otsego  County

Find your ideal State Forest Campground

Find a campground below (organized by county) and click its name to view details including contact information, amenities, location on a map and more using the DNR's Recreation Search Tool. This tool also allows users to search by amenity, location and accessibility.

Campground County Group Camp Sites Indiv. Sites Cabins
Forest Lake Alger
 
26
 
Kingston Lake Alger
 
16
 
Ossineke Alpena
 
42
 
Graves Crossing Antrim
 
10
 
Pinney Bridge Antrim
 
15
 
Beaufort Lake Baraga
 
7
 
Big Eric's Bridge Baraga
 
19
 
Big Lake Baraga
 
15
 
King Lake Baraga
 
6
 
Garey Lake Trail Camp Benzie
50
 
 
Grass Lake Benzie
 
15
 
Lake Ann Benzie
 
30
 
Platte River Benzie
 
26
 
Veterans Memorial Benzie
 
24
 
Black Lake Cheboygan
 
52
 
Black Lake Trail Camp Cheboygan
10
 
 
Haakwood Cheboygan
 
18
 
Maple Bay Cheboygan
 
38
 
Pine Grove Cheboygan
 
6
 
Stoney Creek Trail Camp Cheboygan
25
 
 
Twin Lakes Cheboygan
 
12
 
Weber Lake Cheboygan
 
18
 
Andrus Lake Chippewa
 
28
 
Detour Chippewa
 
20
 
Munuscong River Chippewa
 
50
 
Lime Island Cabins Chippewa
 
 
6
Mud Lake Clare
 
8
 
4 Mile Trail Camp Crawford
50
 
 
Au Sable River S.F.C.G. & Canoe Camp Crawford
5
15
 
Burton's Landing Crawford
 
12
 
Canoe Harbor S.F.C.G. & Canoe Camp Crawford
6
44
 
Goose Creek  Crawford
 
12
 
Goose Creek Trail Camp Crawford
50
 
 
Jones Lake Crawford
 
42
 
Keystone Landing Crawford
 
18
 
Lake Margrethe Crawford
 
37
 
Manistee River Bridge Crawford
 
23
 
Rainbow Bend S.F.C.G. & Canoe Camp Crawford
25
7
 
Shupac Lake Crawford
 
30
 
Upper Manistee River S.F.C.G. & Canoe Camp Crawford
19
30
 
Walsh Road Equestrian S.F.C.G. & Trail Camp Crawford
10
9
 
White Pine Canoe Crawford
5
 
 
Portage Bay Delta
 
23
 
Carney Lake Dickinson
 
16
 
Gene's Pond Dickinson
 
14
 
House Lake Gladwin
 
41
 
Trout Lake Gladwin
 
35
 
Arbutus Lake Grand Traverse
 
36
 
Lake Dubonnet Grand Traverse
 
50
 
Lake Dubonnet Trail Camp Grand Traverse
50
 
 
Schecks Place Grand Traverse
 
30
 
Spring Lake Grand Traverse
 
32
 
Schecks Place Trail Camp Grand Traverse 
50
 
 
Emily Lake Houghton
 
9
 
Van Etten Lake Iosco
 
49
 
Deer Lake Iron
 
12
 
Glidden Lake Iron
 
23
 
CCC Bridge Kalkaska
 
32
 
Guernsey Lake Kalkaska
 
36
 
Pickerel Lake Kalkaska
 
13
 
Rapid River Trail Camp Kalkaska
50
 
 
Bray Creek Lake
 
9
 
Carrieville Lake
 
31
 
Leverentz Lake Lake
 
18
 
Lincoln Bridge Lake
 
9
 
Silver Creek Lake
 
26
 
Bass Lake Luce
 
18
 
Blind Sucker No.1 Luce
 
17
 
Blind Sucker No.2 Luce
 
31
 
Bodi Lake Luce
 
20
 
Culhane Lake Luce
 
22
 
High Bridge Luce
 
7
 
Holland Lake Luce
 
15
 
Lake Superior Luce
 
18
 
Mouth of Two Hearted River Luce
 
40
 
Natalie Luce
 
12
 
Perch Lake Luce
 
35
 
Pike Lake Luce
 
23
 
Pretty Lake Luce
 
23
 
Reed & Green Bridge Luce
 
7
 
Big Knob Mackinac
 
23
 
Black River Mackinac
 
12
 
Garnet Lake Mackinac
 
10
 
Hog Island Point Mackinac
 
50
 
Little Brevort Lake (North Unit) Mackinac
 
20
 
Milakokia Lake Mackinac
 
35
 
South Manistique Lake Mackinac
 
30
 
Healy Lake Manistee
 
24
 
Anderson Lake  Marquette
 
19
 
Bass Lake Marquette
 
22
 
Little Lake Marquette
 
26
 
Squaw Lake Marquette
 
15
 
Presque Isle Cabins Marquette
 
 
6
Cedar River North Menominee
 
18
 
Black Creek Midland
 
23
 
Goose Lake Missaukee
 
54
 
Hopkins Creek S.F.C.G. Missaukee
 
7
 
Hopkins Creek Equestrian S.F.C.G. & Trail Camp Missaukee
27
16
 
Long Lake Missaukee
 
20
 
Reedsburg Dam Missaukee
 
47
 
Avery Lake Montmorency
 
16
 
Ess Lake Montmorency
 
27
 
Jackson Lake Montmorency
 
18
 
Little Wolf Lake Montmorency
 
24
 
Town Corner Montmorency
 
12
 
Ambrose Lake Ogemaw
 
25
 
Sunrise Lake Osceola
 
17
 
McCollum Lake Oscoda
 
20
 
Mio Pond S.F.C.G. & Group Camp Oscoda
10
24
 
Parmalee Bridge S.F.C.G. & Canoe Camp Oscoda
10
7
 
Big Bear Lake Otsego
 
30
 
Big Bear Point Otsego
 
14
 
Elk Hill Equestrian S.F.C.G. & Trail Camp Otsego
25
10
 
Johnson's Crossing Trail Camp Otsego
25
 
 
Pickerel Lake Otsego
 
41
 
Pigeon Bridge Otsego
 
10
 
Pigeon River Otsego
 
19
 
Round Lake Otsego
 
10
 
Ocqueoc Falls Presque Isle
 
14
 
Shoepac Lake Presque Isle
 
29
 
Tomahawk Creek Flooding Presque Isle
 
47
 
Tomahawk Lake Presque Isle
 
25
 
Houghton Lake Roscommon
 
50
 
Canoe Lake Schoolcraft
 
4
 
Cusino Lake Schoolcraft
 
6
 
East Branch of Fox River Schoolcraft
 
19
 
Fox River Schoolcraft
 
7
 
Mead Creek Schoolcraft
 
9
 
Merwin Creek Schoolcraft
 
10
 
North Gemini Lake Schoolcraft
 
17
 
Ross Lake Schoolcraft
 
10
 
South Gemini Lake Schoolcraft
 
8
 
Baxter Bridge Wexford
 
25
 
Long Lake Wexford
 
16
 
Old Us-131 Wexford
 
25
 
    Group Camp Sites Indiv. Sites Cabins
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