Imp Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sign for Imp Lake Campground

Imp Lake Campground located 6 miles southeast of Watersmeet, MI, provides visitors with a unique camping experience. Lakeside sites offer a quaint view of a small island populated with nesting loons, while off lake sites are perched beside towering hemlock. Visitors are free to roam the nearby Imp Lake Interpretive Trail, canoe or fish the quiet wake free lake. This campground consisting of two camping loops, with a total of 22 campsites, provides drive-in sites that can accommodate tents, trailers and motor homes. All sites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening.  Each site offers a wood table, fire ring, and parking spur. Three sets of vault toilets and two hand pumps for drinking water are located within the camping loops.  A beach, picnic area, and boat landing are located adjacent to the campground.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours - self pay
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $16 a night
Open Season: June 13, 2020 - Sept. 30, 2020
Usage: Medium
Best Season: July-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: Watersmeet, MI, is 6 miles to the northwest and Iron River, MI, is 26 miles to the east.
Water: Drinking Water-hand pumps
Restroom: 3 sets of vault toilets located in the camping loops
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior and Access Passes accepted
Operated By: Northwoods Property Management under a special use permit. Contact Chase Erickson at 906-396-5428.
Information Center: The day use area is managed by the Ottawa National Forest. For more information or questions please contact the Watersmeet – Iron River Ranger District at 906-358-4724.

General Information


From Watersmeet, Mi., travel east on US 2 approximately 5 miles, turn right onto FR 3978 and travel approximately 1 mile to the campground.

From Iron River, Mi., travel west on US 2 approximately 25 miles, turn left onto FR 3978 and travel approximately 1 mile to the campground.

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Day Hiking

Imp Lake Trail is approximately 1 mile and is a loop trail. It is a nice trail and wheelchair accessible. Part of the trail is boardwalk and at the halfway point, there is decking with wooden chairs. It is particularly pretty with fall colors. The entrance is across from the Imp Lake Campground.

Difficulty Desc.Trail is mostly level
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Picnic tables One in each campsite
Drinking water Hand pump available in each camping loop near sites 13 & 18
Interpretive Site Imp Lake Interpretive Trail
Toilets Located near sites 3, 13, & 20
Parking Parking for trail and boat ramp
Boat ramp No Fee - located south of loop 2 off FR 3978
Fee charged for some activities $16 a night for camping
Tent camping 22 sites
Camping trailer 22 sites