Gleason's Landing Campground and River Access

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Pere Marquette National Scenic River

Gleasons Landing is a very popular campground on the banks of the Pere Marquette River. With a selection of shaded and secluded spots, the campground is perfect for peaceful nature immersion. 

The Pere Marquette River was designated a National Scenic River in 1978, the first in Michigan, and it regularly attracts many canoeing, kayaking and fishing enthusiasts. The 66-mile stretch of river begins east of Baldwin and empties into Lake Michigan at Ludington.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on a bluff overlooking the picturesque Pere Marquette River. It is surrounded by a mix of white pine and oak trees. 

The Huron-Manistee National Forests encompass a million acres throughout the northern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The forests provide recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife and resources for local industry.

Brochure with Map: This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

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Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Native Trout; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Non-motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open May 3 to Oct. 8, 2018. Oct. 9 to May - open, no fees, no services. Reservations recommended from May 3 to Oct. 7
Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 months in advance for standard sites and 12 months in advance for group sites.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Baldwin
    • Baldwin Canoe Rental
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Standard sites are $18 per night Group sites are $66 per night
Permit Info: Watercraft Permit -
  • Required Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend.
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 3 - Oct. 8
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer Weekends, Spring and Fall Fishing Seasons
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
  • Pere Marquette National Scenic River Corridor; R904-14-14
Highlights - Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
Closest Towns: Baldwin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Recreation: A major draw to the campground is world-class fishing. The free flowing river maintains large populations of resident brown trout, steelhead and salmon. Gleason Landing marks the start of a zone for fly fishing and catch and release only. Reel fishing is available upstream. A boat ramp is located within the campground. 

Canoeing and kayaking is very popular on the river, and boat rentals are available in Baldwin. A permit is required to float the river from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 

Trails along the river provide shore access for anglers and short, scenic nature walks for hikers. Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger Station 231-745-4631 Email This campground has first-come, first-served sites Limit 2 vehicles per campsite; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles Limit 8 campers per campsite

General Information


GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.87111, -85.92028
43°52'16"N, 85°55'13"W

From Baldwin, take 7th street west 5 blocks to Cherry Street, then south 1.5 blocks to 52nd Street (Carr Road), go west 2 miles to Jenks Road and turn left. Drive 0.4 miles and turn right on Shortcut Road and drive 0.7 miles. Turn right at T junction onto 60th Street and take the first left at S Brooks Road. Follow the road to the campground.

General Notes:

Location - Pere Marquette National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Claybanks

County - Lake

Seasonal and Other Information -

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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
  • Pedestal Grills
  • Lantern Posts
Group ShelterNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
No. of SitesGroup: 2
Reservation InfoReservation recommended -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September 
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: or call 1-877-444-6777.
Sleeping ShelterNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
  • Pedestal Grills  
  • Lantern Posts
No. of SitesSingle: 4
Reservation InfoReservation recommended -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: or call 1-877-444-6777.
Sleeping ShelterNo


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Water Activities

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Picnic tables
Drinking water hand-pump
Parking 28 vehicle capacity - with trailers
Boat ramp Wood/Gravel
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping