Recreation

The Huron-Manistee National Forests are 976,043 acres of public lands across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. With many recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife and resources for local industry there is something here for everyone. Each year the forest receives approximately 4 million recreation visits.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
4001 Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov 30. This site is not plowed.
Au Sable Loop Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Au Sable River Primitive Camping Open to Visitor Reservations needed from May 15 to September 30.
Au Sable Scenic River Highbanks Overlook Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Bear Track Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3, 2018 to Sept. 16, 2018. Gated when closed. The sites at this campground are first come, first served.
Benton Lake Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Sept. 9, 2018. Gated when closed. The sites at this campground are first come, first served.
Bowman Bridge Campground and River Access Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Oct. 8, 2018. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended May 3 to Oct. 7.
Bowman Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Brush Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Buttercup Campground Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Cathedral Pines Campground Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Claybanks Campground Open to Visitor
Davis Rest Stop Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Elk Canoe Campground Open to Visitor
Foote Pond Overlook Open to Visitor
Gabions Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Gleason's Landing Campground and River Access Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Oct. 8, 2018. Oct. 9 to May - open, no fees, no services. Reservations recommended from May 3 to Oct. 7
Hemlock Campground and Boat Launch Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3, 2018 to Sept. 9, 2018. Gated when closed.
Highbank Lake Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Sept. 9 2018. Gated when closed.
Huron NF OHV Trails Open to Visitor
Island Lake Campground Open to Visitor Not plowed in winter. This site is gated when closed.
Kirtland's Warbler and Jack Pine Wildlife Tours Open to Visitor Maintained Apr. 15 to Oct. 31. Self-guided auto tour is on main roads. Roads are plowed in winter, sites are not.
Kneff Lake Campground Open to Visitor This site is not plowed in winter. This site is gated when closed.
Lake Michigan Recreation Area Open to Visitor Campground - All loops are open from May 3, 2018 to Oct. 8, 2018. Camping loops are gated when closed. This area is gated when closed. Reservations:
  • Hemlock and Violet Loops: No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first serve.
  • Orchid and Oak Loops (25 sites on each loop): Reservations needed May 3 to Sept. 8.
Loud's Rest Stop Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center Open to Visitor This site is gated when closed.
Luzerne Horse Trail Campground and Trailhead Open to Visitor maintained Apr. 1 to Nov. 30. Not plowed in winter.
Mack Lake ORV Campground Open to Visitor Gated when closed. Not plowed in the winter. Beach closes Sept. 30.
Marzinski Horse Trail and Campground Open to Visitor M-55 Trailhead/Campground Access: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Steinburg Road Trailhead: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This trailhead is plowed in the winter.
McKinley Horse Trail Campground Open to Visitor Maintained Apr. 1 to Nov. 30. Not plowed in winter.
McKinley Landing Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Meadow Springs Campground Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
Meadows ORV Campground Open to Visitor Maintained Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. Not plowed in winter.
Monument Campground Open to Visitor Gated when closed. 
Nichols Lake South Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Sept. 8, 2017. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended for sites 17-26 between May 3 and Sept. 8.
Old Grade Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open April 27 to Sept. 9, 2018. Gated when closed.
Peterson Bridge South Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open April 27 to Sept. 9, 2018. This site is gated when closed. Reservations recommended from May 11 to Sept. 8.
Pine Lake Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3, 2018 to Sept. 9, 2018. This site is gated when closed.
Pine River Campground Open to Visitor This site is gated when closed.
Pines Point Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Oct. 8, 2018. Gated when closed. Reservations recommended from May 3 to Oct. 7.
Red Bridge River Access Site Open to Visitor Parking lot is open, no services. Trailhead (across from boat launch): no managed season, open year-round. Not plowed in winter. Coates Highway Bridge is being replaced. The boat launch is open. Please be wary of construction activities.
River Dune Campground Open to Visitor Maintenance begins Apr. 15 to Nov. 30. This site is not plowed.
River Road Trail Camp and Trailhead Open to Visitor Call the Huron Shores Ranger Station to make a reservation. Gated year-round.
Rollways Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Gated when closed.  
Round Lake Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Gated when closed.  
Sand Lake Beach Day Use Area Open to Visitor Gated when closed. 
Sand Lake Recreation Area Open to Visitor This campground is open May 3 to Sept. 9, 2018. Campground gated when closed. Reservations needed May 3 to Sept. 8.
Sawdust Hole River Access Open to Visitor This site is gated when closed.
Seaton Creek Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open April 27 to Oct. 8, 2018. Reservations needed from May 3 to Oct 7.
South Branch Trail Campground and Trailhead Open to Visitor
Sulak Campground Open to Visitor
Timber Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Twinwood Lake Campground Open to Visitor Winter Maintenance: This site is plowed, but there is no other maintenance during the winter months - no toilet facilties or water are available.
Wagner Lake Campground Open to Visitor Wagner Lake Campground: This site is gated when closed. Beach closes Sept. 30. Chimney Loop: This site is gated when closed. Reservations through recreation.gov.
Wakeley Lake Area Open to Visitor Maintained May 1 to Sept. 30. Campground and Day Use Area are open year-round. Trails are not groomed. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Walkup Lake Campground Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Jewell Lake Campground

Jewell Lake Campground

Jewell Lake Campground is located on the east side of the 193-acre Jewell Lake. This lake offers a wide variety of fishing and boating opportunities.

A snowmobile trail runs through the area during the winter months.

Gabions Campground and Day Use

Au Sable National Scenic River

Gabions Campground offers camping on the National Scenic stretch of the Au Sable River.  Natural springs are common on this section of the river, including a small one at the river's edge near the gabions.  Gabions are rock-filled wire baskets that are placed along the riverbank to help reduce erosion.

The Shore-to-Shore Trail passes near the campground; however, Gabions is not a designated horse camp and horse camping is not permitted.  Wildlife and waterfowl viewing opportunities exist; please respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

Brochure with map:  This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller.

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Timber Creek Campground

Timber Creek Campground

The campground is located near a small impoundment, however the impoundment is not a popular site for fishing. The busiest use is the North Country National Scenic Trail trailhead located in the campground. In the winter this site is plowed and provides access to the Ward Hills Snowmobile Trail. ORV use is prohibited in the campground.

Hoags Lake Day Use Area

Hoags Lake

Hoags Lake is a small lake, primarily visited by fisherman with small fishing boats. The beach is visited by local families and young children for swimming. This is the only public access to the lake. This is a popular lake for waterfowl hunting as well.