Government Landing

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Government Landing

This camping area is named for Government Island. The 3 campsites are part of the Forest Services' 41 designated dispersed sites along the Upper Manistee River. The main access road along the powerline is a snowmobile trail in the winter.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Manistee
    • Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
  • Irons
    • Enchanted Acres
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No Fee
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Open Season: January 1 - December 31
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to October
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Brethren
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
Information Center:

General Information


From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 15 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on High Bridge Rd. for 6 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Coates Hwy. for 3.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on Dilling Rd. for 2.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel northeast on Upper River Rd. for 2.5 miles to the entrance of the site.

From Brethren -

  • Drive 3.5 miles east on Coates Hwy.
  • Turn right onto Dilling Rd. And drive 2.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto Upper River Rd. and drive 2.5 miles northeast to the entrance of the site.

General Notes:

Location -  Manistee National Recreation River, Government Island

Nearby Recreation Areas - None

County -  Manistee   


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 3


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Parking 7 vehicle capacity