$27 - $72 / night

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Lake Michigan Recreation Area

21 Reviews

About This Campground

USDA Forest Service

Lake Michigan Recreation Area is a four loop campground located on the shoreline to Lake Michigan between Manistee and Ludington. In addition to the 99 single family sites and 3 group sites, the site also boasts a day use area with multiple picnic tables, pavilions and a playground, an ampitheater…

Fee Info

Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night): Single Site: $25.00 Group Site (up to 25 people): $55.00 Group Site (26 – 50 people): $72.00 Extra Vehicle: $7.00/vehicle Ampitheater: $140 Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Beach and Picnic Day Use Areas - Day: $5.00 Week: $15.00

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

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

Site Types

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


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly


21 Reviews of Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Ratings Breakdown

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Alexandra O.
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2022

Great Rustic Camping

We just got back from our first family camping trip and we had a blast! The campground was a 5 minute walk to the beach from our loop (oak) and we had a trail to it right in the back of our campsite. The hemlock and orchid loops were packed but the sites were fairly private for the amount of people…

Month of VisitAugust
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2021

Stunning sunsets!

We didn’t have reservations but took a chance on the first-come sites and are we ever glad we did! The dunes were amazing! A short walk from the camping loops, the dunes open to the amazing shore of Lake Michigan. Take a stroll on the sandy beaches or wade into the sandy-bottom cool waters of the…

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Month of VisitAugust
EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2021

Quiet, clean, dog and family friendly

A peaceful, quiet stay on Lake Michigan. There are four campground loops. We stayed in a Violet Loop campsite, which seemed to be mostly available on a first serve basis (probably because it is farthest from the beach). We arrived at 8:00 pm on a Saturday night, really hoping for a site. There were…

Site95, Violet Loop
Month of VisitAugust


Lake Michigan Recreation Area is located in Michigan

Detail location of campground


Directions: From Manistee - Travel south on US-31 for 10 miles. Turn right and travel west on W. Forest Trail Rd. for 8 miles. W. Forest Trail Rd. becomes FR 5629. Continue west on FR 5629. The road terminates at the site.


44.11565886 N
86.41244927 W

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