Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

LMRA - Loop Sign

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

Current Conditions: Hemlock and Orchid Loop - Open May 9 to September 15 Oak and Violet Loop - Open May 9 to October 14.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees 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
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 - September
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May 15 to September 14
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, unless posted otherwise.
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: Manistee, Ludington
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center: Manistee Ranger Station (231) 723-2211

General Information

Directions:

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.

General Notes:

Location - Lake Michigan

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Trails

County -Mason

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.

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Activities


Beaches & Dunes

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Amenities -

  • Playground
  • Pedestal grills
  • Overlook deck
  • Beach
  • Bike trail
  • Amphitheater
  • Hosts
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation Info   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.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
No. of Sites Single: 99
No. of Accessible sites

RV Camping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amenities -

  • Playground
  • Pedestal grills
  • Overlook deck
  • Beach
  • Bike trail
  • Amphitheater
  • Hosts
Reservation Info Hemlock  and Violet Loops: No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve. Oak and Orchid Loops: 25 single sites and 3 group sites are reservable. 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.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Hookup - WaterNo
Vehicle Clearence Low
Size Restrictions 50 Ft. or Less
No. of Sites  
  • Single: 99
  • Group (25 - 49 people): 3
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingAsphalt
Hookup - SewerNo

Group Camping

Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation Info Oak and Orchid Loops: 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.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Group ShelterNo
No. of Sites Group (25 - 49 people): 3
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo

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Amenities

Parking 60 vehicle capacity