Old Grade Campground

Area Status: Closed

Located on the Little Manistee River, this campground is completely surrounded by National Forest System land. There is a short interpretive hiking trail with foot bridges from the campground through a hemlock and birch forest. The campground is loctated near wetlands and many fields, making it an excellent area to view wildlife. Canoeing is not recommended on this portion of the river as it is very shallow, however, this area is popular with angerls seeking trout.

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.
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: April 28 - September 4
Usage: Light
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: Wolf Lake, Baldwin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center:

General Information


From Baldwin -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 11 miles.
  • The site is located on the left.

General Notes:

Location - Little Manistee River

Nearby Recreation Areas - None

County - Lake

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.

Old Grade Campground

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Lantern posts
  • Host
No. of Sites Single: 20
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

No. of Sites Single: 20
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served. 
Pavement Type for Parking Asphalt
Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence Low - Medium
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 40 Ft. or Less
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

Day Hiking

There is a short, 1.4 mile interpretive trail from the campground that traverses through a birch and hemlock forest.  There are several foot bridges along the trail. 

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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