Sand Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Sand Lake Recreation Area - Manistee

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

Current Conditions: This site is gated when closed. The boat launch is not gated.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $21.00
  • Double Site: $42.00
Day Use(per person) -
  • Adult: $5.00
  • Child: $3.00
  • Per Season: $55.00
  • Group (1 - 45 people): $55.00
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 - Sep 13
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May 8 to September 20
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
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Wellston, Irons, Dublin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush, Vault
Operated By: Cadillac Manistee Ranger District - 412 Red Apple Rd., Manistee, MI 49660
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District 231-723-2211 r9_hmnf_website@fs.fed.us

General Information

Directions:

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.

General Notes:

Location - Udell Hills, Sand Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Dorner Lake Day Use
  • Driftwood Valley Day Use
  • Pine National Scenic River

County - Manistee


Activities


Beaches & Dunes

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Shower facilities
  • Drinking water
  • Faucets
  • Beach
  • Hosts
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoReservation 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.

Visit Recreation.gov to make a reservation.

Up to 22 sites are first come, first served.

No. of Sites
  • Single: 43
  • Double: 2

RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Shower Facilities
  • Drinking Water
  • Faucets
  • Beach
  • Hosts
Reservation InfoReservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up
    • Single Sites: 6 months in advance.
    • Group Sites: 1 year in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Recreation.gov to make a reservation.

Up to 22 single sites are first come, first served.

Hookup - WaterNo
Vehicle ClearenceLow
Size Restrictions50 Ft. or Less
No. of Sites
  • Single: 43
  • Double: 2
  • Group: 1
Dump StationsNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingAsphalt
Hookup - SewerNo

Group Camping

Amenities -

  • Shower Facilities
  • Drinking Water
  • Faucets
  • Beach
  • Hosts
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoReservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 1 year in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Visit Recreation.gov to make reservation.

 

Group ShelterNo
No. of SitesGroup: 1
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo

Fishing

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Hiking

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Amenities

Boat ramp Carry-in
Parking 32 vehicle capacity