Cookson Lake Campsites

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Map of Cookson Lake Dispersed Campsite

Cookson Lake is a 35 acre lake with two small islands. There are five primitive campsites located in a large open field on the south shore of the lake. No drinking water is available. A public boat ramp is located by site number 2. Cookson Lake has largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, and bullhead.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve Cookson Lake sites or view and interactive map at
Fees Camping fee is $8 per night per site. Federal Recreation Passes (Golden/America the Beautiful) are accepted. 
Permit Info: Camping at Cookson 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 .
Closest Towns: Stueben
Water: None
Restroom: Pit

General Information


From Munising drive east on M-28 to Wetmore. Turn right (south) on Forest Highway 13 and drive 11.9 miles to Forest Road 2258. Turn left (southeast) and drive about 2.5 miles to FR 2257 (just before the bridge over the Indian River). Turn left (northeast) on FR 2257 and drive 1.8 miles to the access road.

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Cookson Lake is a 35 acre lake with two small islands. A public boat ramp is located near campsite #2.

Fish SpeciesLargemouth bass,Northern pike,Bluegill

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