Nichols Lake South Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Nichols Lake

This campground is located on the south side of the lake, with a day use area located on the north side.

In addition to camping, the campground has fishing and swimming. There is a beach and accessible fishing pier available. A wood ramp and stairs lead down to the lake from the campground. A short path along the lake provides access for fishing. This site is one of the locations on the National Forest's for Kids Fishing Day Events for Michigan's Free Fishing Day in early June.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Sept. 11, 2016. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended for sites 17-26 between May 5 and Sept. 10.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $16.00
Day Use(per person) -
  • Extra Vehicle: $8.00
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: May 5 - September 11
Usage: Heavy
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: Brohman, Bitely
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center: Baldwin/White Cloud Range Station (231) 745-4631

General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 13 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 11 Mile Rd. for 4.25 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - North Country National Scenic Trail, Nichols Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Nichols Lake North
  • Benton Lake Campground
  • Highbanks Lake Campground

County - Newaygo

Season and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.


 A boardwalk/wheelchair ramp provides access to the lake from the campground.  The boardwalk goes around the beach and continues for several feet along the lake.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Beach
  • Lantern Posts
  • Showers
  • Trails to picnic area
  • Garbage Service
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - WaterNo
Vehicle ClearenceLow
Size Restrictions50 Ft. or Less
No. of SitesSingle: 30
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingAsphalt
Hookup - SewerNo

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Beach
  • Lantern posts
  • Showers
  • Trails to picnic area
  • Garbage service

General Info:


 A boardwalk/wheelchair ramp provides access to the lake from the campground.  The boardwalk goes around the beach and continues for several feet along the lake.

Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation Info10 sites that can be reserved - sites 17-26.  Visit to make a reservation. No reservation needed at sites 1 - 16 and sites 27 - 30.  Those sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 30


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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Gravel
Parking 13 vehicle capacity