Camp Nesbit Environmental Center

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Nestled in the beautiful northwoods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Camp Nesbit Environmental Center is the perfect setting for exploring the natural world. Built by the CCC, this residential camp blends a rustic feel with many modern conveniences. For more information on the facilities and reserving your spot read below or print out the brochure (pdf).

Camp Nesbit was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and exists today much as it did when construction was completed in the late 1930’s. The facilities blend a rustic feel with many modern conveniences.

The 12 dormitory-style cabins can accommodate up to 144 people and are readily accessible to Lake Nesbit—an 18-acre lake perfect for fishing, canoeing and swimming. A recreation hall, kitchen and dining hall, nurse’s cabin, and fire circle complete the Center.

Amenities such as an archery range, shooting range, hiking trails, ropes course, volleyball and basketball courts, baseball diamond, and swimming beach provide for outstanding recreational opportunities.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservation requests must be made in writing and submitted to the Kenton Ranger District office by January 31. Requests made after January 31 will only be considered if openings are available. Your request should include:
  • First, second, and third choice dates
  • Approximate number in group (campers 144 maximum and staff 11 additional beds)
  • Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Name, address, phone number, and e-mail address for the group point of contact
Please note, Camp Nesbit is not available prior to May 1st or after October 15th.
  • Standard User Fee: $17/person per night
  • School Group K—12: $10/person per night
  • Day Use Only: $400/day per group
  • Cancellation requests must be in writing and received at least 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
Permit Info: If your request is approved, you will receive a letter confirming your reservation and some additional forms you will need to complete. At that time, you will be required to complete and return a Permit Request form (FS-2300-43). This form will ask you how many campers you will have. You will receive a Bill for Collection prior to your scheduled use. Bill payment will be accepted upon your arrival by a Forest Service representative. Once payment is made, you will be given the official permit.
Restrictions: Groups are responsible for daily housekeeping of all building and grounds. This includes:  Sweeping and mopping  Emptying trash containers  Cleaning restrooms  Recycling in provided containers  Keeping a clean camp The US Forest Service will provide the following supplies:  Broom and mop  Cleaning agents  Paper towel and toilet paper   In the event of an emergency, the permit holder is responsible for the safe evacuation of campers.
Information Center: For more information, please contact: Kenton Ranger District 4810 M28 East Kenton, MI 49967 (906) 852-3500

General Information

General Notes:
  • If utilizing the available facilities, groups are required to provide their own cooks, kitchen linens, camp nurse, certified water instructor, and certified archery/shooting instructors.
  • Make arrangements for all supply deliveries to be delivered during the dates on your permit.
  • Have a camp attendance roster available at check-in.
  • All facilities and amenities included except sleeping cabins. Overnight camping available at nearby Norway Lake Campground.
  • Available during the off-season for day use without water; pit toilets and buildings would be available. 



Limited parking is available. The following applies to vehicles in Camp:

 All vehicles must be parked in the designated areas. NO PARKING IN CAMP.

 Belongings must be carried from the vehicle parking areas to your cabin. If you need closer access, coordinate with the group point of contact.

 Service drives must remain open and clear of vehicles at all times.


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