Benton Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Benton Lake Campground

Benton Lake is a 33-acre lake completely surrounded by National Forest land. The North Country National Scenic Trail is located off Pierce Drive, about 2 miles east of the campground entrance road. This site is usually quiet, but there are lots of activities, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and hiking. This campground is very popular during hunting season.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $20.00
Day Use (per vehicle)
  • Per Day:$7.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $8.00
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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: May 7 - September 6
Usage: Light
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Brohman
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center:

General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 10.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Pierce Dr. for 5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Benton Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Nichols Lake North
  • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • The campground is gated when closed.
  • The day use area is not gated during the off season.
  • The day use area is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities available.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Picnic tables/area
  • Swimming area
  • Picnic shelter
  • Host
  • Lantern posts
  • Pedestal grills
No. of Sites Single: 25
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

No. of Sites Single: 25
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence Low - Medium
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 40 Ft. or Less
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Pavement Type of Parking Asphalt


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Parking 31 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp Back-in