Standard (tent/RV)
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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Maple Bay - State Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
No WiFi
Maple Bay - State Forest is located in Michigan
45.488 N
-84.708 W
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4 Reviews of Maple Bay - State Forest

This campground has tiny campsites that are very uneven. We camp in a tent so that was not ideal. There are about 8 lake side sites which are right across the road from the lake. Those were the best sites for size and view. The lake is really large so it is great for boating. The boat launch is right in the campground and it has two launches so it makes for quick access. You can anchor your boat in the water if you choose. If you have a boat you can access the Indian River which takes you to Mullett lake. Also you can take the crooked river to crooked lake but you have to pay a $10 fee for the locks. The water has leeches which was a pain with my 2 year old. She got one every time she went in the water. The campground does not have a host and dnr only came in the morning to check tags. The week we were here we had fireworks and a lot of noisy campers well past midnight.

Peaceful and beautiful campground with pit toilets and water pumps

There are approximately 32-38 campsites on a first come first serve basis. You can moor your boat right at the campground. The public launch was redone a few years ago and its a great one. The view from the front sites overlooking Maple Bay are some of the best I’ve seen.

Basic rustic campground

For tent campers this is a fine weekend spot. Burt lake is beautiful. When we went mayflies were hatching (May). This campground seemed to fill up quickly, it is first come first serve so come before Friday afternoon to get a spot.

Burt lake is such a large lake that finding a good fishing spot can be quite difficult. No one we talked to had luck the weekend we were there. Supposedly a hotspot is on either side of the campground.

This campground had some rustic features. The water pumps here did not drain well, the nearby dumpster did smell like a dead animal. The crowd here seems to get rowdy with frequent sand bar parties from the locals. We love camping so nothing can stop us from enjoying the great sites next to the water where you can anchor your boat. Just understand the bare necessities of this campground with a beautiful view.

Would recommend as an overnight fishing spot not a place for a week long camp. The state forest management did routinely pop in and check tags and clean bathrooms.

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A diamond in the sand

Gorgeous without modern conveniences. This is an absolute breathtaking campsite. Yes, it is rustic. Yes, you have outhouses. Yes, you have to use the pump to get water. Yes, you are sleeping but a few feet from the water. Yes, you can hear the waves as you sleep. Yes, you have AMAZING views of the bay. Yes, this place is beautiful if you can sacrifice some modern conveniences…but you're camping, isn't that the 💡