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
Managed season is May 15 to October 31.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Rentals & Guides:
Canoe Rentals -
Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
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).
January 1 to December 31
May to October
Forest-wide Closures - CampingCamping in Developed Recreation Areas
Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nudeStoring Watercraft
Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - (231) 723-2211
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.
Location - Manistee National Recreation River, Government Island
Nearby Recreation Areas - None
County - Manistee
Seasonal and Other Information -
This site is not gated during the off season.
This site is not maintained in winter:
Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
No toilet facilities are available.
Camping & Cabins
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of Sites
River and Stream Fishing
National Recreation River
Salmon, Steelhead, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Sucker
Boat, Shore, Wade
Boating - Motorized
0 - 25 feet
Class of Rapids
0 - 1
Type of Craft
Fishing Boats, Bass Boats, Dinghies, Electric Boats, Flat Boats, Jon Boats