Bear Track Campground

Area Status: Open

Bear Track Campground

Bear Track got its name many years ago from a bear track found while building the site. A 1.5 mile trail connects the campground to the North Country National Scenic Trail. Fishing is a popular activity for this area.

Map: This brochure is set to print on 8.5x11 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.

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.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Manistee
    • Manistee Paddlesport Adventures
  • Irons
    • Enchanted Acres
  • Wellston
    • Pine Creek Livery
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $20.00
  • Walk-in, Riverside: $35.00
Day Use (per person):
  • 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 6 - September 11, 2022
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: May to September
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: Irons, Wellston
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger Station

General Information


From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 14 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on E. Udell Hills Rd. for 5.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Skocelas Rd. for .5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel east on Little River Rd.. for 4 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on FR 5202 into the site.

General Notes:

Location - Little Manistee National Wild and Scenic Study River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail

County - Lake

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Stairway to river
No. of Sites Single: 16
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

Group Camping

No. of Sites Group: 4
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Group Shelter No
Group Cooking Facilities No
Hookups - Electric No
Sleeping Shelter No

River and Stream Fishing

For more information on fishing the Little Manistee River, including flow and fish species visit the Little Manistee National Scenic Study River page. 

Fish Species Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fishing Platform No
Water Temperature Cold
Fishing Method Fly, Pole

Day Hiking


There is a connector trail to the North Country National Scenic Trail from this campground. 

Boating - Non-Motorized

For more information on paddling the Little Manistee River, including flow, watercraft size restrictions and difficulty, visit the Little Manistee National Scenic Study River page. 

Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak
Size Restrictions None
Class of Rapids 0


Parking: 20 vehicle capacity

Related Information

Recreation Areas

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