Courtney Lake Campground


Area Status: Open

Courtney Lake Campground, located in Ontonagon County, is 22 miles southeast of Ontonagon, MI, on the Ontonagon Ranger District, in the northeast portion of the Ottawa National Forest.  This campground features one loop with 21 spacious sites that can accommodate tents, trailers, or larger motor homes.  It offers two "walk-in" sites for tent campers. Campsites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening.  Each site offers a  wooden picnic table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Two sets of vault toilets are located in the campground loop and two pressurized faucets provide water for campers.  Adjacent to the campground is a boat landing, picnic area and beach area. The 2.2 mile Circle of Life Trail, with its bog viewing platform adjoins the campground with trailheads at the south side of campsite #7 and across from the Beach and Day Use area parking lot. One of the Ottawa's only Equestrian Trails can also be found adjacent to the campground.

Courtney Equestrian Trails Map

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $14 a night
Open Season: May 10 - October 31
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Camping in a developed recreation site is allowed for a period not longer than 14 days, except as otherwise posted. After this time, you must move to another campground or dispersed site for at least 24 hours. Campers must occupy the site the first night. Eight people and 2 motorized vehicles are allowed per campsite with a maximum of one RV or camper trailer and two tents per camping site or three tents per camping site.
 
Closest Towns: Ontonagon, Mi 22 miles to the northwest and Mass City Mi 9 miles to the west.
Water: Drinking Water-Pressurized Faucets
Restroom: 1 Accessible Vault Toilet and 3 Single Vault Toilets in campground.
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior and Access Passes are accepted.
Operated By: Calderwood Services under a special use permit. Contact Fred Sliger at 906-852-3232.
Information Center: The day use area is managed by the Ottawa National Forest. For more information or questions please contact the Ontonagon Ranger District at 906-884-2085.

General Information

Directions:

From Ontonagon, Mi., travel east on M-38 for approximately 21 miles to FR 1960.  Turn right (south) onto FR 1960 and travel 1 mile to the campground.  

From Mass City, Mi., travel 8 miles east on M-38 to FR 1960 and turn right (south) on FR 1960 and travel 1 mile to campground. 

From Baraga, Mi., travel approximately 20 miles west on M-38 to FR 1960 and turn left and travel 1 mile to campground.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Courtney Lake Campground, located 22 miles southeast of Ontonagon, Mi., on the Ontonagon Ranger District features a single loop with 21 spacious sites that can accommodate tents, trailers, or larger motor homes.  Courtney Lake Campground also features two "walk-in" sites for tent campers. This Campground provides a scenic view and access to the lake. Each site offers wooden picnic table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Two sets of vault toilets and two pressurized water faucets are located within the camping loop. Adjacent to the campground is a boat landing, picnic area, and a sandy beach. The 2.2 mile Circle of Life Trail with its bog viewing platform adjoins the campground with trailheads at the south side of campsite #7 and across from the Beach Day Use area parking area. One of the Ottawa's only Equestrian Trails can also be found adjacent to the campground.

General Info:

Seasonal Information

 

The campground is scheduled to open with full services the Friday before Memorial Day.  This date is subject to change, please contact the Ontonagon Ranger District at 906-884-2085 for additional information.


No. of Sites 21 (19 for campers with 2 walk in only sites 
Reservation Info No Reservations
Fire Information Fire ring in each campsite
No. of Accessible sites 0
Sleeping Shelter No
Status: Open
Fees: $14 a night
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Courtney Lake located on the northern edge of the Ottawa National Forest in the Ontonagon Ranger District is a very popular summer get-a-way for campers, fishermen and outdoor adventurist. This 33 acre lake provides some great trout fishing.

Fish Species Trout
Special Designations Boat Ramp
Fishing Platform No
Cleaning Station No
Accessible Platform No
Water Temperature Cold
Water/Flow Level 34 Feet
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Circle of Life Trail is a fairly level trail of 2.2 miles that takes about one hour to walk. Currently the Trail tread is down and accessible (motorized wheel chairs are the only motorized vehicles permitted on the trail).  The trail is accessible across from the day use parking area in the Courtney Lake Campground.

Fire Information None
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Circle of Life Trail is a fairly level trail of 2.2 miles that takes about one hour to walk. Currently the Trail tread is down and accessible (motorized wheel chairs are the only motorized vehicles permitted on the trail).  The trail is accessible across from the day use parking area in the Courtney Lake Campground. Courtney Lake Campground is located in Ontonagon County 8 miles east of Mass City and 23 miles east of Ontonagon, Mi just off M-38 on FR 1960. From Mass City the larger cities of Marquette Mi and Ironwood Mi are within a 2 hour drive and Duluth Mn and Green Bay Wi are within 3 1/2 hour drive.

Species Deer, Eagles, Ducks
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Interpretive Areas

Recreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:

Circle of Life Trail is a fairly level trail of 2.2 miles that takes about one hour to walk. Currently the Trail tread is down and accessible (motorized wheel chairs are the only motorized vehicles permitted on the trail).  The trail is accessible across from the day use parking area in the Courtney Lake Campground. Courtney Lake Campground is located in Ontonagon County 8 miles east of Mass City and 23 miles east of Ontonagon, Mi just off M-38 on FR 1960. From Mass City the larger cities of Marquette Mi and Ironwood Mi are within a 2 hour drive and Duluth Mn and Green Bay Wi are within 3 1/2 hour drive.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Picnicking

Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Courtney Lake Campground Day Use Picnic Area is ideal for families and small groups to enjoy the day outdoors.  The picnic area is located near the sandy beach. 

Reservation Info None
Fire Information Outdoor grills
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Motorized:

Courtney Lake located on the northern edge of the Ottawa National Forest in the Ontonagon Ranger District is a very popular summer get-a-way for campers, fishermen and outdoor adventurist. This 33 acre lake provides some great trout fishing.

Trailer Parking Yes
Launch Ramps Yes, Concrete Base, no charge to launch boat
Class of rapids None
Motor Type N/A
Fuel availability No
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Courtney Lake located on the northern edge of the Ottawa National Forest in the Ontonagon Ranger District is a very popular summer get-a-way for campers, fishermen and outdoor adventurist. This 33 acre lake provides some great trout fishing.

Launch Ramps Yes
Trailer Parking Yes
Type of Craft Canoe/Kayak
Fuel availability No
Marina/Mooring No
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Swimming

Recreation areas with activity Swimming:

Courtney Lake has a sandy beach area to enjoy your time swimming.  Get out of the heat of summer and come to Courtney Lake and enjoy the water.

Clothing Requirements Bathing Suit Required. No Lifeguard On Duty
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation areas with activity XC Skiing/Snowshoeing:

The Old Grade Ski Trail is located at Courtney Lake just 8 miles east of Mass City on highway M-38. This 4.2 mile long trail with gentle slopes meanders through hardwoods and pine plantations and parts of a historic wooded railroad grade used for logging during the turn of the century. The trail is groomed and tracked on a weekly basis and provides a shorter two mile loop as well.

Courtney Lake ski trail map.

Warming Shelters None
Base Conditions Groomed
Status: Temporarily closed
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Amenities

Interpretive Site: Circle of Life Trail
Camping trailer: 19 sites
Picnic tables: Accessible tables in campsite and tables in day use and picnic area
Tent camping: Sites 15 and 16 are available for walk-in access only
Toilets: An accessible vault toilet is located near site #5, 2 vault toilets are located near site 18 and one near site #5
Parking: Available near access to campsite #15 & #16 (Walk-In Sites). Parking also available at boat landing and Beach Day Use area
Fee charged for some activities: $14 a night for camping
Accessible: Accessible Picnic Table in campsites and accessible vault toilet located near site #5
Boat ramp: No Fee, located north of Campground
Drinking water: Pressurized faucets located near campsite #1 and #5. Faucet also available north of campground near pakring area.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.752351

  Longitude : 
-88.940446