A moderatly sized area to take a hike or view wildlife, this area also offers canoeing opportunities. The lake tapers out into a swampy marsh area along the shoreline in some areas.
Visitors to the area will be treated to a forested setting that varies from tag alder and conifer swamps to upland jack and white pine mixed with oak. The 2,100 acres area is habitat for loons and eagles and visitors may view loons nesting from March 1 to July 15. Please respect wildlife and view from a distance.
Fishing is limited to June 15 to August 31, catch and release using artificial lures only.
At a Glance
Campground and Day Use Area are open year-round. Trails are not groomed. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Recreation Enhancement Act Fee -Camping -
Per Night: $10.00
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 - December 31
Bicycles - except on Dikes and Dams
Cross-country Skiing - Trail not groomed
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.
Mio Ranger District - 107 McKinley Rd., Mio, MI 48647
From Grayling -
Travel east on M-72 for 10 miles.
Turn left and travel north into parking lot.
Location - Wakeley Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
Nearby Recreation Areas -
Kneff Lake Campground
Acreage - 2,100
County - Crawford
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 toilet facilties are available.
Camping & Cabins
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of Sites
Lake and Pond Fishing
Boat, Shore, Wade
The trail system within the Wakeley Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area is a 8.5 mile hiking and back-country ski trail.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Non-motorized boating is allowed, however, visitors must hike in with their equipment.