Hungerford Lake Boat Launch and Campsites

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The 30-acre lake offers a variety of fishing and boating opportunities. Horses are not permitted in this area or in the lake. This site is particularly scenic during the fall. There is mixed federal and private ownership around the lake. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open May 1 to September 30.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,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: May 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to September
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: Big Rapids
Water: None
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - 650 N. Michigan Ave. PO Box D, Baldwin, MI 49304

General Information


From Big Rapids -

  • Travel west on M-20 for 8.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Cypress Ave. for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Hungerford Lake Dr. for .5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Forest Rd. 5134 for .5 miles.
  • The site is located on the left.

General Notes:

Location -   Hungerford Recreation Area

Nearby Recreation Areas - None

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Inforamation -

  • 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. 


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservations are needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of SitesSingle: 2


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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Concrete
Parking 5 vehicle capacity