Wakeley Lake Area

Area Status: Open
This area is 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.

Fishing is limited to June 15 to August 31, catch and release using artificial lures only.

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

At a Glance

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.
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


Camping & Cabins

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Parking 30 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp Carry-in