Horseshoe Lake Campground and Boat Launch

Area Status: Open

The small 16-acre lake offers a variety of fishing opportunities. The one-mile walk around the north end of the lake provides for wildlife sightings and scenic views of the lake and campground. This campground is small and lightly used, perfect for those looking for solitude.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees: Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
There is no fee for the boat launch.
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 5 - November 30
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to September 13
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: Curran, Glennie, Harrisville
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728
Information Center:

General Information


From Harrisville -

  • Travel west on M-72 for 22 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on M-65 for 3 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on FR 4124 for 1 mile.

General Notes:

Location - Horseshoe Lake, Hoist/Reid Area

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Hoist Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
  • Reid Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
  • Huron OHV Trails
    • Alcona County Snowmobile Trail

Setting - Developed

County - Alcona

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Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Hand Pump
No. of Sites Single: 9
Reservation Info No reservations needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Hand Pump
No. of Sites Single: 9
Pavement Type for Parking Dirt/Gravel
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence Low - Medium
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 25 Ft. or Less
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fish Species Sunfish, Bass, Trout
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Cold
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole
Water/Flow Level Maximum depth: 32 feet

Boating - Motorized

Trailer Parking Yes
Size Restrictions 0 - 25 Feet; 20 Horses or Less
Type of Craft Fishing Boats, Bass Boats, Dinghies, Electric Boats, Flat Boats, Jon Boats
Motor Type Gas, Electric
Fuel availability No
Marina/Mooring No

Boating - Non-Motorized

Trailer Parking Yes
Size Restrictions None
Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak


Boat ramp: Gravel

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