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Mowe Lake Dispersed Campsite

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

There are two primitive campsites located on the 25 acre Mowe Lake. The access road is narrow, but capable of handling moderate sized vehicles and trailers. No water is provided at this site, but there is a primitive toilet. Neither site on Mowe Lake has a good swimming area. There is an unimproved access located across from site #2. It has a sand base and is recommended for small boats and trailers only. Mowe Lake contains northern pike, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed and yellow perch. Surveys indicate a good, healthy fishery.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve Mowe Lake sites and view an interactive map at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/273339
Fees Camping fee is $8 per night per site. Federal Recreation Passes (Golden/America the Beautiful) are accepted. 
Permit Info: Camping at Mowe Lake is by reservation only. Walk ins are not allowed. These sites may be reserved for up to 14 days. Reservations are made on our national recreation reservation system. To check availability of the campsites or to make a reservation, call 877-444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov .
Water: None

General Information


From the Intersection of US-2 and Forest Highway 13 (about 14 miles east of Rapid River), drive north 19 miles on Highway 13 to CR 440. Turn right (east) and drive 3.5 miles to FR 2209. Turn right (southeast) on 2209 at the Big Springs North Trailhead and drive 0.4 mile to FR 8104. Turn right (west) and drive about 0.6 mile to the campsites.

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Dispersed Camping

There are two primitive campsites located on Mowe Lake. Site #1 is located in a semi-open area bordered by hardwood trees. It is 60 ft. by 40 ft. and suitable for one family and trailers. A primitive toilet is shared with site #2. Site #2 is similar to #1 in layout, but slightly smaller in size. It is suitable for one family and trailers. A primitive toilet is shared with site #1.


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