Marion Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
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Marion Lake Campground, located just 4 miles east of Watersmeet, Mi., on the Watersmeet Ranger District, offers tranquility and beauty not often found in other high use campgrounds. Designed to take advantage of their location, lakeside spurs provide grand views of the south and west shores, making each sunset a memorable experience. All sites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening, providing an excellent chance for privacy and solitude. This campground, consisting of three main camping loops with a total of 39 campsites and a well used group camping site, provides drive-in sites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes. Each site offers an accessible wood table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Five pairs of vault toilet facilities are spaced throughout the campground, while drinking water is provided at centrally located hand pumps and pressurized faucets in each camping loop.  Adjacent to the campground is a sandy beach and day use area. Also adjacent to the campground are two boat landings, which provide access to a variety of game fish.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Loop #2 of the campground is open with NO services.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $14 a night per campsite, $50 a night for the group campsite, the group campsite must be reserved through the National Recreation Service at 1-888-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov
Open Season: January
Usage: Medium
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Fees shown are for the summer recreation period when full services are provided. During the early spring and late fall when services are reduced the fees at some areas are not charged. Camping in a developed recreation site is allowed for a period not longer than 14 days, except as otherwise posted. After this time, you must move to another campground or dispersed site for at least 24 hours. Campers must occupy the site the first night. Eight people and 2 motorized vehicles are allowed per campsite with a maximum of one RV or camper trailer and two tents per camping site or three tents per camping site.
 
Closest Towns: Watersmeet is 6 miles to the west and Iron River is 28 miles to the east
Water: Drinking Water-Hand pumps near sites 3 & 29 and Pressurized Faucets near sites 11, 18, & 24
Restroom: 5 sets of vault toilets in the campground near sites 4, 11, 32, & 40. One set near group campsite
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass and Access Passes are accepted
Operated By: Campground operated by Lawn and Snow Outdoor Maintenance under a special use permit, 906-284-0206.
Information Center: The campground is operated by a private concessionaire under a special use permit. The concessionaire permitee is Lawn & Snow Outdoor Maintenance in Iron River, Mi. For additional information or questions about the campground please contact Lawn & Snow Outdoor Maintenance at 906-284-0206 or the local Ranger District. Day Use areas are operated by the Forest Service.

General Information

Directions:

From Watersmeet, Mi., take US 2 east approximately 4 miles, turn left onto FR 3980 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 3985, turn right onto FR 3985 and travel approximately ¾ mile to the campground.

From Iron River, Mi., take US 2 west approximately 26 miles, turn right onto FR 3980 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 3985, turn right onto FR 3985 and travel approximately ¾ mile to the campground.
 


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Marion Lake Campground, located just 4 miles east of Watersmeet, Mi., on the Watersmeet Ranger District, offers tranquility and beauty not often found in other high use campgrounds. Designed to take advantage of their location, lakeside spurs provide grand views of the south and west shores, making each sunset a memorable experience. All sites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening, providing an excellent chance for privacy and solitude. This campground, consisting of three main camping loops with a total of 39 campsites and a well used group camping site, provides drive-in sites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes. Each site offers an accessible wood table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Five pairs of vault toilet facilities are spaced throughout the campground, while drinking water is provided at centrally located hand pumps and pressurized faucets in each camping loop.  Adjacent to the campground is a sandy beach and day use area. Also adjacent to the campground are two boat landings, which provide access to a variety of game fish.

General Info:

Directions:

From Watersmeet, Mi., take US 2 east approximately 4 miles, turn left onto FR 3980 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 3985, turn right onto FR 3985 and travel approximately ¾ mile to the campground.

From Iron River, Mi., take US 2 west approximately 26 miles, turn right onto FR 3980 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 3985, turn right onto FR 3985 and travel approximately ¾ mile to the campground.
 


Reservation Info No Reservations
Fire Information Fire ring in each campsite
No. of Sites 40
No. of Accessible sites 0
Status: Open
Open Season: January-December
Fees: $14 a night for campsites
Reservation info: No Reservations
Best Season: June-September
Hours of Operation: 24 hours - self pay
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Group Camping

Marion Lake Campground has a Group Camping area for large family gatherings and groups up to 100 people. This site is ideal for those visitors who want to camp with large family's and multi-camping vehicles or tents.  To reserve this campsite call 1-877-444-6777 or click on National Recreation Reservation Service. 

General Info:

Directions:

From Watersmeet, Mi., take US 2 east approximately 4 miles, turn left onto FR 3980 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 3985, turn right onto FR 3985 and travel approximately ¾ mile to the campground.

From Iron River, Mi., take US 2 west approximately 26 miles, turn right onto FR 3980 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 3985, turn right onto FR 3985 and travel approximately ¾ mile to the campground.
 


Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation Info Reservations must be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or going to www.recreation.gov
Group ShelterNo
No. of Sites 1
No. of Accessible sites 1
Hookups - ElectricNo
Status: Closed
Open Season: May-September
Fees: $50 a night
Reservation required?: Y
Best Season: June-September
Hours of Operation: 24 hours
Difficulty Level: Easy

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Amenities

Boat ramp Two, 1 located west of campground loop #1 off of FR 3985 and 1 located at the east end of campground loop #2.
Camping trailer 39 sites & 1 Group Site
Toilets 5 sets of vault toilets near sites 4, 11, 32, and 40. One set near the group campsite area.
Accessible Picnic Tables
Picnic tables 1 in each campsite, 20 in group campsite
Fee charged for some activities $14 a night for individual campsites and $50 a night for group campsite
Parking Available near group campsite and boat landing areas
Tent camping 39 sites & 1 Group Site
Drinking water Hand pumps located in loops 1 & 3 near sites 3 and 29. Pressurized Faucets located in loop #3 near site 11, 18, & 24.
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.269380
  Longitude : 
-89.086522