Shelley Lake Campground

Area Status: Open

Shelley Lake is a 15-acre lake, surrounded by National Forest land, the family-style campground is the only access to the lake. A foot-bridge over the creek leads to one of the sites. This campground is very popular during fishing season. Sites are surrounded by an oak and maple forest. The lake is only 15-feet at its deepest point.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 1
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees: Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
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 1 - October 31
Usage: Light
Best Season: January 1 to December 31
Busiest 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
Closest Towns: Brohman
Water: None
Restroom: Pit
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
Information Center:

General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 10 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on FR 5450 for .5 miles.
  • Follow the primitive road to the site.

General Notes:

Location - Shelley Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Nichols Lake
  • Indian Lake

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
  • Foot Bridge
No. of Sites Single: 8
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Warm
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole

Ice Fishing

Fish Species Bass, Panfish, Blue Gill
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Pole, Tip-up, Spearing

Boating - Motorized

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

Boating - Non-Motorized

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


Parking: 3 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp: Gravel

Recreation Areas

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