Highbank Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed

Highbanks Lake Campground

This campground is located on the 20-acre Highbank Lake, which is completely surrounded by National Forest System land. This is a popular campground for anglers and hikers. The beach is very swim friendly, shallow with a sandy bottom.

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
Fees: Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $22.00
Day Use (per person):
  • Per Day: $7.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $8.00
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 12 - September 4
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May 15 to September 28
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: Bitely
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226-3564
Information Center:

General Information


From Baldwin -

  • Travel south on M-37 for 9 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on 15 Mile Rd. for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel northwest on Roosevelt Rd. for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on FR 5561 until road terminates at the site.

General Notes:

Location - Highbanks Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Sawkaw Lake

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Swimming beach/area
  • Lantern Posts
No. of Sites Single: 9
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

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 20 Ft. or Less
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fish Species Bass, Pan Fish, Blue Gill
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Cold
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole

Boating - Non-Motorized

Size Restrictions None
Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak


Water Temperature Warm


Boat ramp: Carry-in

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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