Courtney Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is 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: June 13, 2020 - Sept. 30, 2020
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


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.

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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 InformationNone
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Picnic tables Accessible tables in campsite and tables in day use and picnic area
Drinking water Pressurized faucets located near campsite #1 and #5. Faucet also available north of campground near pakring area.
Interpretive Site Circle of Life Trail
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
Boat ramp No Fee, located north of Campground
Fee charged for some activities $14 a night for camping
Tent camping Sites 15 and 16 are available for walk-in access only
Accessible Accessible Picnic Table in campsites and accessible vault toilet located near site #5
Camping trailer 19 sites