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
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
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).
January 1 to December 31
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.
Location - Whelan Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
Nearby Recreation Areas -
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
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of Sites
Lake and Pond Fishing
River and Stream Fishing
Boat, Shore, Wade
Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
Pole, Tip-up, Spearing
Boating - Non-Motorized
Access for Whelan Lake is located in the camping area.