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Monocle Lake

8 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Overview

Monocle Lake Campground offers a a relaxing place to fish, swim and hike along the shores of scenic Monocle Lake just off Lake Superior. It is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the northeastern corner of the Hiawatha National Forest.

The campground is centrally located…

Fee Info

Check-in time is anytime after 2 pm. Early arrivals will be charged for the previous day.

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite

Stay Connected

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

Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Max Length: 80 ft.

Reviews

8 Reviews of Monocle Lake

Ratings Breakdown

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Lily H.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2021

love this spot

Passed through here while exploring the upper peninsula and loved it. Quiet and everything’s relatively spaced out. The lake is beautiful too.

Site26
Month of VisitSeptember
PThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2021

Lovely Campground

Quiet, shaded campground right on Monocle Lake. Big wooded lots. Great camp hosts and pretty good AT&T service (3 bars) for the UP. Close drive to Lake Superior and the Point Iroquois Lighthouse with boardwalk and good rock finding. Highly recommend.

Site09
Month of VisitSeptember
John N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2021

Quiet, clean and gorgeous!

It unfortunately rained for almost every minute we were here, but the campground itself was great! Larry the host was great. Plenty of firewood available at his site. Day use area had a clean beach and good water for bathing/swimming. Awesome hike up to Spectacle Lake Overlook nearby. Go to Pickles…

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Month of VisitOctober

Location

Monocle Lake is located in Michigan

Directions

12600 E Lakeshore Drive Brimley Michigan 49715 From Bay Mills, travel west on County Road 42 (Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway) for approximately half a mile, then turn south on Forest Road 3699 to the campground entrance.

Coordinates

46.47250013 N
84.63916667 W

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About This Campground

Overview

Monocle Lake Campground offers a a relaxing place to fish, swim and hike along the shores of scenic Monocle Lake just off Lake Superior. It is located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the northeastern corner of the Hiawatha National Forest.

The campground is centrally located among many recreational opportunities in the Sault Ste. Marie area, including the Whitefish Bay National Scenic Byway and Tahquamenon Falls.

Recreation

Monocle Lake is populated with walleye, smallmouth bass, pike and perch. Two man-made reefs lie just off the eastern shore next to the campground, where anglers typically have good luck.

Swimming and boating are popular activities in the area. Visitors also enjoy hiking the 14.5-mile Monocle Lake Trail. Two miles of the trail have interpretive displays, and the first 1100 feet of the trail are along an elevated, accessible boardwalk. Additional trails are found in the surrounding area.

Facilities

The campground offers heavily shaded single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Some sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Hookups are not available.

A day-use picnic area, adjacent to a fairly large parking area at the campground, provides easy access to a swimming beach. The picnic area is equipped with tables, grills and drinking water, as well as accessible vault toilets. A paved boat launch with a parking lot big enough to accommodate vehicles and trailers provides easy access to the beautiful all sports lake.

Natural Features

The campground surrounds the south end of 172-acre Monocle Lake, and is less than two miles from the historic Point Iroquois Lighthouse. It is nestled in a mixed hardwood forest of aspen, maple, birch and pine trees, providing scenic lake and forest views from anywhere in the campground. Private residences also surround the inland lake.

Nearby Attractions

The nearest town is Bay Mills, which is about 6 miles from Monocle Lake. The United States-Canada border, at Sault Ste. Marie, is about 25 miles from the campground.

Tahquamenon Falls, a series of beautifully brown-colored waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River, is located about 35 miles from Monocle Lake.

Charges & Cancellations

Please cancel 7 days in advance if you need to cancel your reservation. Reservation sites cannot be traded for walk-in sites.

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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