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2021 Fee Free Days

Days where Day Use Fees* are waived on National Forest Service System lands:

  • Jan 18, 2021: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb 15, 2021: President's Day
  • Jun 12, 2021: National Get Outdoors Day**
  • Sep 25, 2021: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov 11, 2021: Veterans Day

*Does not apply to camping, watercraft permits, OHV or concession sites.

**Note: the Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers Free Fishing Weekends February 13 & 14 and June 12 & 13, 2021.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
4001 Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on April 15.
40th St. Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 1.
72nd St. Angler Trail and Fishing Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
76th St. Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 1.
Au Sable Loop Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Au Sable River Primitive Camping Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Au Sable Scenic River Highbanks Overlook Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Au Sable Vista Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Bear Creek River Access Site Open to Visitor
Bear Track Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
Benton Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor
Big O OHV Trail Open to Visitor
Blacksmith Bayou Access Site Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1.
Bowman Bridge Campground and River Access Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 7, 2021. The river access is open year-round.
Bowman Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 3.
Bowman Lake Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1.
Brush Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1.
Bull Gap ORV Hill Climb and Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Buttercup Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Cathedral Pines Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Cedar Creek Motorsport Trail Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Claybanks Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Condon Lakes West Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Crystal Valley Ski Trail Open to Visitor The trail is open for hiking in the summer months.
Davis Rest Stop Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Diamond Point Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 3
Dobson Bridge River Access Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 15
Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor
Elk Canoe Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Elm Flats Canoe Landing Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 15
Gabions Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Gleason's Landing Campground and River Access Closed to Visitor Annual services at the river access site and the campground will resume for spring on May 7.
Government Landing Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
Green Cottage Open to Visitor
Hamlin Lake Boat Access Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
Hemlock Campground and Boat Launch Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
High Bridge Access Site Open to Visitor
Highbank Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 14.
Highbanks River Trail Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Hoags Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
Hoist Lake Area Open to Visitor
Horseshoe Lake Campground and Boat Launch Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7
Hungerford Recreation Area Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Iargo Springs Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Indian Bridge Open to Visitor
Indian Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Island Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 16
Jewell Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7
Jorgenson Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Kneff Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 16
Lake Michigan Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Annual services at the campground will resume for spring on May 14. Annual services at the beach access will resume for spring on May 15
Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Loon Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 16
Loud's Rest Stop Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Low Bridge Canoe Landing Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 15
Lower Branch Bridge Trail and Fishing Access Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Luzerne Horse Trail Campground and Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
Mack Lake ORV Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 16
Maple Leaf Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Open to Visitor
Marzinski Horse Trail and Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 15
McKinley Horse Trail Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
McKinley Landing Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Meadow Springs Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Meadows ORV Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Minnie Pond Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Monument Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Nichols Lake North Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 29
Nichols Lake South Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 14
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness - Nurnberg Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual services at the trailhead will resume for spring on May 15.
Old Grade Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 23
Peterson Bridge North Day Use and Boat Launch Area Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 15
Peterson Bridge South Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 23
Pine Acres Boat Launch Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Pine Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7
Pine River Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 16
Pines Point Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 14
Podunk River Access Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 3
River Dune Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
River Road Trail Camp and Trailhead Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 29
Rollways Campground and Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7
Rosebush Bend Angler Trail and Fishing Access Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Round Lake Campground and Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7
Sand Lake Beach Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 7
Sand Lake Recreation Area Closed to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 14
Sawdust Hole River Access Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on April 1
Sawmill Point Boat Launch Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on April 15.
Seaton Creek Campground Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on April 23
Shelley Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 1
Sischo Bayou Closed to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 3
South Branch Trail Campground and Trailhead Closed to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 7
St. Hubert Angler Parking Closed to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 3
Suicide Bend Fishing Site Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on April 1
Sulak Campground Open to Visitor Annual maintenance of the site will resume for spring on May 1
Thompson's Landing River Access Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15
Timber Creek Campground Open to Visitor
Tunk Hole River Access Site Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
Twinwood Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Udell Rollways Day Use Area Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 1
Upper Branch Bridge Landing Open to Visitor
Wagner Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 16
Walkup Lake Campground Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Westgate Scenic Overlook Open to Visitor
Whelan Lake Area Open to Visitor
Whirlpool Angler Access Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 15

Spotlights

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.

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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