Benton Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Benton Lake Campground

Benton Lake is a 33-acre lake completely surrounded by National Forest land. The North Country National Scenic Trail is located off Pierce Drive, about 2 miles east of the campground entrance road. This site is usually quiet, but there are lots of activities, including fishing, swimming, picnicking and hiking. This campground is very popular during hunting season.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open May 3 to Sept. 9, 2018. Gated when closed. The sites at this campground are first come, first served.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $18.00
Day Use (per vehicle)
  • Per Day:$6.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $7.00
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 3 - Sept. 9
Usage: Light
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: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center:

General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 10.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Pierce Dr. for 5 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - Benton Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Nichols Lake North
  • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • The campground is gated when closed.
  • The day use area is not gated during the off season.
  • The day use area is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No water and/or toilet facilities available.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Pavement Type of ParkingAsphalt
Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Vehicle ClearenceLow - Medium
Dump StationsNo
No. of SitesSingle: 25
Size Restrictions40 Ft. or Less
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
Hookup - WaterNo

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Picnic tables/area
  • Swimming area
  • Picnic shelter
  • Host
  • Lantern posts
  • Pedestal grills
No. of SitesSingle: 25
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping ShelterNo


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Boat ramp Back-in
Parking 31 vehicle capacity