Old Grade Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
Old Grade Campground

Located on the Little Manistee River, this campground is completely surrounded by National Forest System land. There is a short interpretive hiking trail with foot bridges from the campground through a hemlock and birch forest. The campground is loctated near wetlands and many fields, making it an excellent area to view wildlife. Canoeing is not recommended on this portion of the river as it is very shallow, however, this area is popular with angerls seeking trout.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open April 24, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $16.00
Day Use (per person)
  • Extra Vehicle: $6.00
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).
Open Season: April 24 - September 11
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to September 28
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Wolf Lake, Baldwin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center: Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District (231) 745-4631

General Information


From Baldwin -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 11 miles.
  • The site is located on the left.

General Notes:

Location - Little Manistee River

Nearby Recreation Areas - None

County - Lake

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Hookup - WaterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served. 
Vehicle ClearenceLow - Medium
Size Restrictions40 Ft. or Less
No. of SitesSingle: 20
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingAsphalt
Hookup - SewerNo

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Lantern posts
  • Host
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 20


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