Shelley Lake is a 15-acre lake, surrounded by National Forest land, the family-style campground is the only access to the lake. A foot-bridge over the creek leads to one of the sites. This campground is very popular during fishing season. Sites are surrounded by an oak and maple forest. The lake is only 15-feet at its deepest point.
At a Glance
Managed season is from May 1 to October 31.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Recreation Enhancement Act Fee -
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).
April 1 - November 30
January 1 to December 31
May to October
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, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
From White Cloud -
Travel north on M-37 for 10 miles.
Turn right and travel east on FR 5450 for .5 miles.
Follow the primitive road to the site.
Location - Shelley Lake
Nearby Recreation Areas -
County - Newaygo
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 facilities are available.
Camping & Cabins
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of Sites
Lake and Pond Fishing
Bass, Panfish, Blue Gill
Pole, Tip-up, Spearing
Boating - Motorized
0 - 25 Feet
Type of Craft
Fishing Boats, Bass Boats, Dinghies, Electric Boats, Flat Boats, Jon Boats