Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This site is located next to Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Hemlock and Orchid Loops - season runs from May 7 to Sept. 13.  Resrvations needed between those dates. These loops are gated when closed. Oak Loop - season runs from May 7 to Oct. 12.  This loop is gated when closed.  Violet Loop - season runs from May 7 to Dec. 1.  $10/night, starting Oct. 12.  No water - Oct 12 to Dec. 1.  This loop is gated when closed. 
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
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 7 - Dec 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: May to October
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping in dispersed areas:
  • Camping within two hundred (200) feet of any body of water, except at designated sites.
  • Camping in an area which is posted closed and/or no camping.
  • Camping within 450 feet of developed recreation areas.
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: Freesoil
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District 231-723-2211 r9_hmnf_website@fs.fed.us

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


Activities


Beaches & Dunes

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Parking 60 vehicle capacity