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Established Camping

Hovey Lake Campsites

About

National Forest

Hiawatha National Forest

This isolated, quiet, family type camping area is located on the east side of Hovey Lake. It is a good place for canoeing, bird watching, or just enjoying nature__s surroundings. There are 4 campsites, each with a table and fire ring. Toilets and drinking water are available. Swimming conditions in this lake are not good due to shallow water and the mucky bottom. Some northern pike, black bass, and panfish can be caught here. The 99 acre Hovey Lake is the headwaters of the Indian Wild and Scenic River and offers good trout fishing. There is a carry-in boat access near the entrance of the campground.

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Location

Hovey Lake Campsites is located in Michigan

Detail location of campground

Directions

From the intersection of M-28 and M-94 drive southwest on M-94 6.4 miles to Forest Road 2254. Turn left (south) and drive 4 miles southeast on FR 2254 to Forest Road 2473. Turn right (south) on 2473 and drive 0.5 mile to FR 2367 where you turn right (west) and continue to the campsites.

Coordinates

46.288597 N
86.698681 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump

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6 Reviews

Jeff V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2023

Beautiful Campground

Absolutely beautiful campground, off the beaten trail and very quiet. The lake itself is gorgeous but it’s so shallow it’s not very good for kayaking (we tried) and I can’t imagine it’d be much good for fishing either.

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Jeff V., July 23, 2023
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Jeff V., July 23, 2023
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Jeff V., July 23, 2023
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2022

Small and fills up on the weekend

Tight bumpy road into and through camp. The road to it isn’t bad though. All the sites were taken when we came through on a Thursday of an upcoming holiday. This looks like you would have your own private space with a few campers in the area. There is a small store/restaurant nearby too. We didn’t see hiking trails but we found a lot of atv trails. Some people were walking along the road.

  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Art S., July 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Art S., July 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Art S., July 18, 2022
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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2022

Great free campsite

One of my favorite free campgrounds. Smaller sites on lake. I had 21’ travel trailer and anything bigger would have been tight. Picnic tables and fire ring. Lake is very shallow. Good for kayaking. Not good for fishing or swimming.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Eric G., June 11, 2022
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Eric G., June 11, 2022
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Eric G., June 11, 2022
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Corey O.
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2021

Can't beat it

For free camping with privvys, firepits, picnic tables and pump water, You can't beat this campground with a stick. Has a water pump. The privvys are actually in good shape and do not stink. However it was good I had TP because they did not have enough. I had the site as soon as you pull in. It had a path to the water and sunset was beautiful. This will become a go to for me.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Corey O., July 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Corey O., July 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Corey O., July 14, 2021
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Lila D.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2020

Awesome site

Best free camping you’ll get in this area

Frank  M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2020

Peacefully Remote

Directions were a little sketchy but worth the extra effort.  There's a total of 7 campsites and when I arrived 2 were already taken.  I chose mine and settled in for the night.  The lake was close although there were no paths down to it from my site.  Views, as the sun went down, were beautiful.  Warning, all the sites were very unlevel!

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Frank  M., April 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Frank  M., April 25, 2020
  • Review photo of Hovey Lake Campsites by Frank  M., April 25, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Hovey Lake Campsites have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Hovey Lake Campsites does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Hovey Lake Campsites?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is available.