Bobcat Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Picture of Campsite at Bobcat

Located in Gogebic County just 3 miles southeast of Marenisco, Mi., on the Bessemer Ranger District in the southern half of the Ottawa National Forest. Bobcat Lake campground features one loop with 11 campsites. Campsites are bordered by vegetation providing privacy between sites. These drive in sites offer a tent pad, wood table, fire ring, lantern post and gravel parking spur. Two accessible vault toilets are located in the campground and water is provided by a centrally located hand pump in the loop. A sandy beach and day use area, complete with vault toilets, tables, grills and changing house is located 1/2 mile east of the campground.  Also adjacent to the campground is a boat ramp which provides access to a variety of game fish.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:  24 hours – self pay
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $13 a night for camping.
Open Season: June 19 - Sept. 30
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Fees shown are for the summer recreation period when full services are provided. During the early spring and late fall when no services are provided the fees at some areas are not charged.
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: Marenisco, Mi., is 3 miles to the northwest. Larger towns include Ironwood, Mi., 30 miles to the west and Watersmeet, Mi., is 29 miles to the east.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: 2 vault toilets in campground and 2 in day use area.
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior and Access Passes are accepted
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: The day use area and campground are managed by the Ottawa National Forest. For more information or questions please contact the Bessemer Ranger District at 906-932-1330.

General Information


From Bessemer, Mi., travel east on US 2 approximately 19 miles, turn right onto Fair Avenue and travel approximately 1 mile to M 64, turn left onto M 64 and travel approximately ¼ mile to FR 8500, turn right onto FR 8500 and travel approximately 2 miles to the campground.

From Watersmeet, Mi., travel west on US 2 approximately 24 miles, turn left onto M 64 and travel approximately 2 miles to FR 8500, turn left onto FR 8500 and travel approximately 2 miles to the campground.


Accessible table and fire ring in site #2.  There are two accessible vault toilets located in the campground.

Recreation Map

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Picnic tables Accessible table at each campsite
Drinking water Hand pump near site #3 and in day use area
Toilets 2 Accessible vault toilets
Parking Located at boat landing and day use area
Boat ramp Yes located next to campground
Fee charged for some activities Camping $13 a night
Tent camping 11 sites
Accessible Accessible vault toilet (near site 9 and 2) 1 campsite with accessible table and fire ring (site 2)
Camping trailer 11 sites