Sand Lake Recreation Area


Area Status: Open

Sand Lake Recreation AreaSand Lake Recreation Area is the only public access on this lake. The ownership around the lake is primarily private. The beach is sandy and clean, but further out the lake bottom becomes mucky. The lake is mostly shallow, with a few deeper areas. The campsites are open within the wooded area.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger Station
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Parking
Fees: Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $29.00
  • Group Site: $74.00
Day Use (per person) 
  • Per Day: $7.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $8.00
  • Season Pass:
    • Per vehicle: $66.00
    • Lake Homeowners only: $30.00
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 14 - September 5
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: Wellston, Irons, Dublin
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush, Vault
Operated By: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District - 231-577-8902
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

From Manistee -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 19.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on Snyder Rd. for 4 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on FR 5728 for .5 miles.
  • The road terminates at the site.

General Notes:

Location - Udell Hills, Sand Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Dorner Lake Day Use
  • Driftwood Valley Day Use
  • Pine National Scenic River

County - Manistee


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Sand Play

Amenities -

  • Beach

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Shower facilities
  • Drinking water
  • Faucets
  • Beach
  • Hosts
No. of Sites
  • Single: 43
  • Double: 2
Reservation Info Reservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Visit Recreation.gov to make a reservation.

Up to 22 sites are first come, first served.

Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Shower Facilities
  • Drinking Water
  • Faucets
  • Beach
  • Hosts
No. of Sites
  • Single: 43
  • Double: 2
  • Group: 1
Pavement Type for Parking Asphalt
Reservation Info Reservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up
    • Single Sites: 6 months in advance.
    • Group Sites: 1 year in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Recreation.gov to make a reservation.

Up to 22 single sites are first come, first served.

Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence Low
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 50 Ft. or Less
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

Group Camping

Amenities -

  • Shower Facilities
  • Drinking Water
  • Faucets
  • Beach
  • Hosts
No. of Sites Group: 1
Reservation Info Reservation needed -
  • Mid-May to Mid-September
  • One time reservation fee of $9.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 1 year in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.

Visit Recreation.gov to make reservation.

 

Group Shelter No
Group Cooking Facilities No
Hookups - Electric No
Sleeping Shelter No

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Water Temperature Cold to Cool
Accessible Platform No
Fishing Method Fly, Pole

Day Hiking

Picnicking

Amenities -

  • Drinking water
  • Beach
No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All picnic sites are first come, first serve.
Sleeping Shelter No

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
Fuel availability No
Marina/Mooring No

Swimming

Water Temperature Cold to Cool

Amenities

Parking: 32 vehicle capacity
Boat ramp: Carry-in

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.167

  Longitude : 
-85.93615