Sand Lake Recreation Area is the only public access on this lake. The ownership around the lake is primarily private. The beach is sandy and clean, but further out the lake bottom becomes mucky. The lake is mostly shallow, with a few deeper areas. The campsites are open within the wooded area.
At a Glance
Open May 9 to September 15.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
Single Site: $21.00
Double Site: $42.00
Day Use(per person) -
Per Season: $55.00
Group (1 - 45 people): $55.00
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 8 to September 20
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 on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nudeStoring Watercraft
Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Wellston, Irons, Dublin
Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - 412 Red Apple Rd., Manistee, MI 49660
Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District
From Manistee -
Travel east on M-55 for 19.5 miles.
Turn right and travel south on Snyder Rd. for 4 miles.
Turn right and travel west on FR 5728 for .5 miles.
The road terminates at the site.
Location - Udell Hills, Sand Lake
Nearby Recreation Areas -
Dorner Lake Day Use
Driftwood Valley Day Use
Pine National Scenic River
County - Manistee
Seasonal and Other Information -
Gated when closed.
Beaches & Dunes
Camping & Cabins
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.