Reid Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Reid Lake Area is a little over 3,000 acres in size.

The forest in the area is primarily hardwoods and creates a small, remote, lake environment. The lake is a small, 13-acres, with a variet of fish. 

Twelve miles of gently rolling trail will lead you around Reid lake. The trails are open for back-country skiing in the winter, and are not groomed.  Difficulty on the trails ranges from easy to more difficult.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed season at trailheads is year-round. Trail is not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Reid Lake M-72 Parking Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Reid Lake Fowler Road Parking
  • 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
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Nonmotorized Use
    • Hiking
    • Mechanized Equipment, except Bicycles
  • Nonmotorized Snow-use
    • Cross-country Skiing - Trail not groomed
    • Snowshoeing
Prohibited -
  • Motorized Vehicles
  • Motorized Over-snow Vehicles
  • Pack and Saddle Animals
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: Harrisville, Curran, Barton City
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Stranger - 5761 N. Skeel Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750

General Information

General Notes:

Location - Hoist/Reid Lakes Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Hoist/Reid Lake Areas
    • Hoist Lake Area
    • Horseshoe Lake Campground
    • Horseshoe Lake Boat Launch
    • Jewell Lake Campground and Day Use Area
    • Sprinkler Lake
  • South Branch Pine River
    • Pine River campground

County - Alcona

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • 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.
    • No water and/or toilet facilties are available.


From Harrisville -

M-72 Parking/Trailhead

  • Travel west on M-72 for 19 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on FR 4243 to parking lot.

Fowler Road Parking/Trailhead

  • Travel west on M-72 for 14 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Stout Rd. for 2 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on Fowler Rd.for 2 miles to parking are.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of SitesSingle: 9


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Parking M-72 - 26 vehicle capacity; Fowler Road - 4 vehicle capacity