Seaton Creek Campground

Area Status: Open

Seaton Creek Campground is adjacent to Seaton Creek at the upper end of the backwater of Hodenpyl Dam Pond on the Manistee River. The forest surrounding the campground is mostly pine and the sites are rustic. Kayakers may access the campground by traveling up the very shallow Seaton Creek, however canoeing is not recommended.  There is a connector trail to the Manistee River Trail from this site. The North Country National Scenic Trail can be reached by crossing the suspension bridge over the Manistee River.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $22.00
  • Group Site: $52.00
Day Use (per vehicle):
  • 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 - October 9
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 8 to September 20
Busiest Season: June to September
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: Mesick
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226 - 3564
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger Station

General Information


From Mesick -

  • Travel south on M-37 for 4.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on 26 Mile Rd. for 3 miles.
  • At the fork veer right.
  • Turn right and travel north on FR 5993 for .4 miles into the campground.

General Notes:

Location - Seaton Creek, Manistee River, Hodenpyl Dam

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Manistee River Trail
  • Upper Branch Trailhead
  • North Country National Scenic Trail

County - Wexford

Seaton Creek Campground

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites Single: 17
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

Group Camping


  • ​Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
No. of Sites Group: 2
Reservation Info Reservation needed -
  • Mid-May to October
  • 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.
Go to: or call 1-877-444-6777

Day Hiking


A 23-mile loop trail is formed with the Manistee River Trail along the Manistee River.  The loop trail can be accessed from the Marilla and Upper Branch Trailheads for the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Red Bridge and Seaton Creek accesses for the Manistee River Trail.


No. of Sites 2
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.


Parking: 10 vehicle capacity

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