South Branch Trail Campground and Trailhead

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

The campground is adjacent to the South Branch River, near the Au Sable River Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area. If you are traveling west to east, the South Branch Trail Campground and the River Road Trail Campground are the last two campgrounds before reaching Lake Huron. 

The Shore-to-Shore Trail begins in Empire near Lake Michigan, on the west side of the state and ends at Lake Huron on the eastern side of the state. The trail passes under I-75, north of Grayling, and then continues eastward to follow the historic Au Sable River to its end in Au Sable, just south of Oscoda.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open May 10 to September 15. Gated when closed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Camping -
  • Per Night: $15.00
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 10 - September 15
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 30
Restrictions: Allowed
  • Nonmotorized Use
  • Nonmotorized Snow Use
  • Saddle and Pack Animals
Prohibited
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Motorized Over-snow Vehicles
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
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Hale, Glennie
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728
Information Center: Huron Shores Ranger Station (989) 739-0728

General Information

Directions:

From Tawas-

  • Travel west on M-55 for 14.7 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on M-65 for 14 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Rollway Rd. for 3 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Shore-to-Shore Horse Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • South Branch River

County - Iosco

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed. 

 


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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Hand Pump
  • Generator Driven Water Pump - 5,000 watt generator needed, generator not provided
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 21

RV Camping

Reservation Info Group Site -

Reservation needed -

  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

Single Sites - No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.

Hookup - WaterNo
Vehicle Clearence Low
Size Restrictions 80 Ft. or Less
No. of Sites
  • Single: 21
  • Group: 1 (30 - 250 people)
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingDirt/Gravel
Hookup - SewerNo

Group Camping

Reservation Info Reservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

No. of Sites Group: 1 (30 - 250 people)

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Amenities

Parking 65 vehicle capacity