This campground borders Lake Michigan to the west and Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area to the south. There are two accesses for the beach, one at the end of both roads. There are several historical interpretive signs along the campground trails discussing history and dune ecology of the area. The Violet and Hemlock Loops have a pressurized water system. The picnic ground has a well system.
At a Glance
Hemlock and Orchid Loop - CLOSED.
Violet Loop - Open May 9 to October 14.
Oak Loop - Open until December 1; restrooms open, no water. $10.00/night fee.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
Single Site: $21.00
Group Site (25 - 49 people): $50.00
Group Site (50 people or more): $65.00
Day Use (per person) -
Per Day: $5.00
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).
May 15 to September 14
Forest-wide Closures - CampingCamping 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, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude
Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Flush and Vault
American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Manistee Ranger Station (231) 723-2211
From Manistee -
Travel south on US-31 for 10 miles.
Turn right and travel west on W. Forest Trail Rd. for 8 miles.
W. Forest Trail Rd. becomes FR 5629. Continue west on FR 5629.
The road terminates at the site.
Location - Lake Michigan
Nearby Recreation Areas -
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Trails
Seasonal and Other Information -
Violet and Oak Loops open year-round:.
These sites are minimally maintained in winter:
Access road/parking lot is not maintained in winter.
These Loops have no services during the winter.
Hemlock and Orchid Loops open seasonally:
These loops are gated when closed.
Beaches & Dunes
Camping & Cabins
Hemlock and Violet Loops: No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
Orchid and Oak Loops - 25 single sites:Reservation needed -
Mid-May to Mid-September
One time reservation fee of $9.00
Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.