Reid Lake Foot Travel Area

Area Status: Open

Reid Lake

The Reid Lake Area is a little over 3,000 acres in size.

The forest in the area is primarily hardwoods and creates a small, remote, lake environment. The lake is a small, 13-acres, with a variety of fish.

There are 13 miles of gently rolling trail leading you around Reid and Little Trout Lakes, the shoreline of Big Marsh, and offers views of Fannys Marsh and Mossy Bog. You can enjoy a day hike or backpacking with 9 designated first-come first-serve campsites available. Difficulty on the trails ranges from easy to more difficult.

The trails are open for back-country skiing in the winter, and are not groomed. 

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: Reid Lake M-72 Parking Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Reid Lake Fowler Road Parking
  • 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.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Allowed - Nonmotorized Use - Hiking, Mechanized Equipment, except Bicycles; Nonmotorized Snow-use - Cross-country Skiing - Trail not groomed, Snowshoeing Prohibited - Motorized Vehicles, Motorized Over-snow Vehicles, Pack and Saddle Animals 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
  • Occupancy and Use
Closest Towns: Harrisville, Curran, Barton City
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Stranger - 5761 N. Skeel Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750
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General Information

General Notes:

Location - Hoist/Reid Lakes Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Hoist/Reid Lake Areas
    • Hoist Lake Area
    • Horseshoe Lake Campground
    • Horseshoe Lake Boat Launch
    • Jewell Lake Campground and Day Use Area
    • Sprinkler Lake
  • South Branch Pine River
    • Pine River campground

County - Alcona

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilties are available.


From Harrisville -

M-72 Parking/Trailhead

  • Travel west on M-72 for 19 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on FR 4243 to parking lot.

Fowler Road Parking/Trailhead

  • Travel west on M-72 for 14 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Stout Rd. for 2 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on Fowler Rd.for 2 miles to parking are.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites Single: 9
Reservation Info No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fish Species Sunfish, Perch, Bass, Trout
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Cold
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole
Water/Flow Level Maximum depth: 38 feet

Ice Fishing

Day Hiking

The trail system has several loops, see map inset.  Also note there are is only a trash can available at the trailhead.  Non-motorized fishing is available.  M-72 trailhead offers a 26 vehicle capacity.


There are 9 designated first-come, first-serve campsites available for over-night stay, with a vault bathroom.  M-72 trailhead offers a 26 vehicle capacity.


M-72 Parking Amenities -

  • Trash Can
No. of Sites M-72 Parking - 1

Fowler Road Parking - 0

Reservation Info No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Walk-in access only, perfect for a kayak or paddle board.



Parking: M-72 - 26 vehicle capacity; Fowler Road - 4 vehicle capacity

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