Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lake Michigan Recreation Area is a four loop campground located on the shoreline to Lake Michigan between Manistee and Ludington.  In addition to the 99 single family sites and 3 group sites, the site also boasts a day use area with multiple picnic tables, pavilions and a playground, an ampitheater and an overlook.  Arrowhead Trail, which runs through the campground, connects to the wilderness trails that traverse Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Annual services at the campground will resume for spring on May 14. Annual services at the beach access will resume for spring on May 15
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Reservations: or call 1-877-444-6777
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $27.00
  • Group Site (up to 25 people): $60.00
  • Group Site (26 – 50 people): $79.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $8.00/vehicle
  • Ampitheater: $154.00
Beach and Picnic Day Use Areas
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
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 14 - October 14
Usage: Light
Best Season: May to October
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
  • Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area; R904-14-09
  • Piping Plover; R904-14-11
Closest Towns: Freesoil
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure
Information Center:

General Information


From Manistee

  • Travel south on US-31 for 10 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on W. Forest Trail Rd. for 8 miles.
  • W. Forest Trail Rd. becomes FR 5629. Continue west on FR 5629.
  • The road terminates at the site.

General Notes:

Downloadable Maps and Resources

Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Visitor Information and Map


Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Recreation Map

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