Wakeley Lake Area

Area Status: Not Cleared
  
 

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

Current Conditions: Trails are not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
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).
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Nonmotorized Use
    • Hiking
    • Mechanized Equipment
    • Bicycles - except on Dikes and Dams
  • 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
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Grayling
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - 107 McKinley Rd., Mio, MI 48647

General Information

Directions:

From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 10 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north into parking lot.

General Notes:

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.

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of SitesSingle: 5

Fishing

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Amenities

Boat ramp Carry-in
Parking 30 vehicle capacity