Whelan Lake Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This area is popular for canoeing, fishing and camping. The camping area is near the south branch of the Pere Marquette River, on Whelan Lake.  The land surrounding the lake is primarily federal ownership.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
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: January 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping in dispersed areas:
  • Camping within two hundred (200) feet of any body of water, except at designated sites.
  • Camping in an area which is posted closed and/or no camping.
  • Camping within 450 feet of developed recreation areas.
Being publicly nude. Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Walhalla
Restroom: Pit

General Information

General Notes:

Location - Whelan Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Walhalla Bridge
  • Indian Bridge

Acreage - 2,800

County - Mason

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • The camping area is not gated during the off season.
  • The camping area is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • Toilet facilities are not available. 


From Baldwin -

  • Travel west on 56th St. for 13.5 miles. 
  • Turn right and travel north on Walhalla Rd. for 1.25 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on FR 6661 for 2.25 miles.
  • The campground is located on the left side of the road.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of SitesSingle: 6


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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Carry-in
Parking 3 vehicle capacity - with trailers