Swan Lake (52 acres) is the most popular lake in the primitive campsite program, so getting a permit to camp can be quite competitive! All four campsites are located on the non-motorized Pine Marten Run Trail, which is open to hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. There are three primitive toilets available, but no drinking water. All campsites on Swan Lake have excellent swimming areas. Swan Lake offers a good fishery for large and smallmouth bass, bluegills and pumpkinseeds.
At a Glance
Administration fee is $8 per night per site.
From the Intersection of US-2 and Forest Highway 13 (about 14 miles east of Rapid River), drive north 19 miles on Highway 13 to CR 440. Turn right (east) and drive 2.7 miles to FR 2258. Turn left (north) on 2258 and drive 0.25 mile to FR 2725. Sites 2-4 are about 0.75 mile on 2725. To reach site #1 drive about 1.3 miles north on 2258 to FR 2013. Turn right (east) on 2013 and drive about 0.7 mile to site #1.
Camping & Cabins
There are four primitive campsites located on Swan lake. Site #1 is located on a small hill overlooking the west shore of the lake. Access is on FR-2013. This site is 60 ft. by 30 ft. and is suitable for one family. Trailers are not recommended unless they are set up in the parking area at the base of the knoll. Site #2 is on the southwest side of the lake and is 65 ft. by 50 ft. This site is level and suitable for two families and small trailers. Turn-around space is limited. Site #3 is a nice, level area 65 ft. by 35 ft. This site can accommodate two families and trailers. Site #4 is a small site, 40 ft. by 35 ft., suitable for one family. Trailers are not recommended at this site because the ground is not level. There is a primitive toilet located on the southwest side of the lake that serves sites #2, #3 and #4.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Swan Lake is 52 acres. There is a very good unimproved boat access with ample turn-around and parking space at site #1. Boat access at other sites is by carry-in only.
Horse Riding & Camping
Horse Friendly Campground
All campsites on Swan Lake have excellent swimming areas. These sites, however, have not been checked for possible hazards, so caution should be exercised. Lifeguards are not present. Children should be accompanied in the water by an adult at all times.
Boating - Non-Motorized
There is a very good unimproved boat access with ample turn-around and parking space at site #1. Boat access at other sites is by carry-in only.