Wakeley Lake Area

Area Status: Open

Wakeley Lake

A moderatly sized area to take a hike or view wildlife, this area also offers canoeing opportunities. The lake tapers out into a swampy marsh area along the shoreline in some areas.

Visitors to the area will be treated to a forested setting that varies from tag alder and conifer swamps to upland jack and white pine mixed with oak.  The 2,100 acres area is habitat for loons and eagles and visitors may view loons nesting from March 1 to July 15. Please respect wildlife and view from a distance.

The annual fishing season is the last Saturday in April through September 30. Catch and release only using artificial lures.  Boat access is carry-in only.

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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: New 2022 Fishing regulations:  The annual fishing season is now changed to the last Saturday in April through September 30. All other regulations remain the same.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Parking
Fees: Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
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 1 - September 30
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Allowed -
  • Nonmotorized Use - Hiking, Mechanized Equipment, Bicycles - except on Dikes and Dams, Cross-country Skiing, 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; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Grayling
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - 107 McKinley Rd., Mio, MI 48647
Information Center:

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 10 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north into parking lot.

General Notes:

Location - Wakeley Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Kneff Lake Campground

Acreage - 2,100

County - Crawford

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 toilet facilties are available.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
No. of Sites Single: 5
Reservation Info No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.

Lake and Pond Fishing

New 2022 Fishing regulations:  The annual fishing season is now changed to the last Saturday in April through September 30. All other regulations remain the same.

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

Day Hiking

The trail system within the Wakeley Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area is a 8.5 mile hiking and back-country ski trail. 


Boating - Non-Motorized

Non-motorized boating is allowed, however, visitors must hike in with their equipment.

Size Restrictions None
Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak



Parking: 30 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp: Carry-in

Related Information

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