Bear Track Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Bear Track Campground Entrance Sign

Bear Track got its name many years ago from a bear track found while building the site. A 1.5 mile trail connects the campground to the North Country National Scenic Trail. Fishing is a popular activity for this area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site is gated when closed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Manistee
    • Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
  • Irons
    • Enchanted Acres
  • Wellston
    • Pine Creek Livery
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $16.00
  • Double Site: $26.00
Day Use (per person)
  • Per Day:$5.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $6.00
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: May 7 - Sept 20
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to October 5
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping 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 nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Irons, Wellston
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District 231-723-2211

General Information


From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 14 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on E. Udell Hills Rd. for 5.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Skocelas Rd. for .5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel east on Little River Rd.. for 4 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on FR 5202 into the site.

General Notes:

Location - Little Manistee National Wild and Scenic Study River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail

County - Lake


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Stairway to river
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 16

Group Camping

Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Group ShelterNo
No. of SitesGroup: 4
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo


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Water Activities

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Parking 20 vehicle capacity