Hungerford Lake Boat Launch and Campsites

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hungerford Lake Recreation Area

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.

Brochure with map:  This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: April 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest Season: May to September
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Big Rapids
Water: None
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - 650 N. Michigan Ave. PO Box D, Baldwin, MI 49304
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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