Nichols Lake South Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Nichols Lake

This campground is located on the south side of the lake, with a day use area located on the north side.

In addition to camping, the campground has fishing and swimming. There is a beach and accessible fishing pier available. A wood ramp and stairs lead down to the lake from the campground. A short path along the lake provides access for fishing. This site is one of the locations on the National Forest's for Kids Fishing Day Events for Michigan's Free Fishing Day in early June.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open May 3 to Sept. 8, 2017. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended for sites 17-26 between May 3 and Sept. 8.
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 person) -
  • 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 3 - Oct. 8
Usage: Heavy
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, Bitely
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
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General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 13 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on 11 Mile Rd. for 4.25 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - North Country National Scenic Trail, Nichols Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Nichols Lake North
  • Benton Lake Campground
  • Highbanks Lake Campground

County - Newaygo

Season and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.


 A boardwalk/wheelchair ramp provides access to the lake from the campground.  The boardwalk goes around the beach and continues for several feet along the lake.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Beach
  • Lantern Posts
  • Showers
  • Trails to picnic area
  • Garbage Service
Hookup - SewerNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Pavement Type for ParkingAsphalt
Vehicle ClearenceLow
Dump StationsNo
No. of SitesSingle: 30
Size Restrictions50 Ft. or Less
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - WaterNo

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Beach
  • Lantern posts
  • Showers
  • Trails to picnic area
  • Garbage service

General Info:


 A boardwalk/wheelchair ramp provides access to the lake from the campground.  The boardwalk goes around the beach and continues for several feet along the lake.

No. of SitesSingle: 30
Reservation Info10 sites that can be reserved - sites 17-26.  Visit to make a reservation. No reservation needed at sites 1 - 16 and sites 27 - 30.  Those sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping ShelterNo


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Boat ramp Gravel
Parking 13 vehicle capacity