Whelan Lake Area

Area Status: Open

This area is popular for canoeing, fishing and camping. The camping area is near the south branch of the Pere Marquette River, on Whelan Lake.  The land surrounding the lake is primarily federal ownership.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Parking
Fees: No Fee
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: January 1 - December 31
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
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: Walhalla
Restroom: Pit
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General Information

General Notes:

Location - Whelan Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Walhalla Bridge
  • Indian Bridge

Acreage - 2,800

County - Mason

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • The camping area is not gated during the off season.
  • The camping area is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • Toilet facilities are not available. 


From Baldwin -

  • Travel west on 56th St. for 13.5 miles. 
  • Turn right and travel north on Walhalla Rd. for 1.25 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on FR 6661 for 2.25 miles.
  • The campground is located on the left side of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites Single: 6
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Warm
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Cold
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole

Ice Fishing

Special Designations Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Pole, Tip-up, Spearing

Day Hiking


Boating - Non-Motorized

Access for Whelan Lake is located in the camping area.

Size Restrictions None
Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak


Water Temperature Warm


Parking: 3 vehicle capacity - with trailers
Boat ramp: Carry-in

Related Information

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