Luzerne Horse Trail Campground and Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The parking lot is designed for trucks with horse trailers. This portion of trail features a unique cedar swamp ecosystem along the Big Creek/Luzerne boardwalk.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
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: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 14
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Luzerne
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (989) 826-3252

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on Deeter Rd./CR-F490 for 2 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Durfee Rd./FR 4551 for 1 mile.
  • The site is located on the left.

General Notes:

Location - Michigan Shore to Shore Horse Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Huron OHV Trails
    • Meadows ORV Trail System
    • MCCCT
    • Meadows ORV Campground

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is gated in the off season, but not closed: 
    • The Individual/Family camping area is open year-round. 
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities available.



Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Water Pump - 5,000 watt generator needed, generator not provided
  • Picnic Area/Shelter
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Group ShelterNo
No. of SitesGroup: 1 (50 or more people)
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo

RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Generator Driven Water Pump - 5,000 watt generator needed, generator not provided
  • Picnic Table/Area
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - WaterNo
Vehicle ClearenceLow - Medium
No. of Sites
  • Single: 10
  • Group: 1
Size Restrictions80 Ft. or Less
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingDirt/Gravel
Hookup - SewerNo

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Picnic Table/Area
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites, are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 10


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Winter Sports

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Parking 30 vehicle capacity - with trailers