Petes Lake Campground, located in the center of Michigan's Hiawatha National Forest, is surrounded by several lakes and offers excellent hiking, biking, fishing, boating and more.
Snuggled amongst mixed hardwood trees, the campground offers a swimming beach and day-use picnic area away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Visitors enjoy a variety of water-related recreation opportunities. The campground also has fishing pier next to the day-use area. Anglers can expect healthy populations of northern pike, bass, walleye and perch in the lake.
The nine-mile Bruno's Run Trail, which winds its way past a host of small lakes in the area, passes directly through the campground and is a popular trail for hiking and biking, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.
The campground offers multiple spacious and forested private campsites for tent and RV camping. A few sites overlook the lake.
Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings and about half of the sites have access to a grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
A shaded day-use picnic area at the campground offers multiple tables and benches right on the lake shore. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are also provided in the picnic area, as well as a fairly large parking area.
The campground is situated on the upper peninsula of Michigan, on the shores of the 190-acre Petes Lake. It sits amid rolling hills that are forested with a variety of deciduous and conifer trees. Many of the campsites are shaded and private.
Big Island, Fish and Straits lakes are all within 25 miles of the campground.
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Now one of my favorite campgrounds. Quiet campground with lots of privacy on Petes Lake. Labor Day Weekend and I didn't have time to reserve a spot so I headed up to the UP with the intentions of staying at Widewaters. The sites at Widewaters were a little small and there was nothing good available. I drove up the road to Petes Lake. I was surprised that site 2 was still available when I got there. Nice large site, with plenty of privacy that sites back a ways and a couple of good sets of trees for hammocks.
The campground sits on Petes lake with plenty of spots to go and see the sunsets. There is a swimming area and Bruno's run goes through the campgrounds. Munising is about 20-30 minutes away and there is a gas station at the corner of M28 and FS13 to get some ice, refreshments and cell service.
Our family group has been coming annually to Pete's Lake since 2000 or 2001. We have tents, campers, canoe's and kayaks, bathing suits and bikes, grills, games and glow sticks. Our kids are now in their late twenties , and are bring their families and friends are always welcomed.
It's where we unwind, get off the grid, and sleep better than we ever have our whole lives…even napping on occasion.
We come for a whole week, we take up 3-4 campsites, and as we grow in size share in meal making ideas, and clean up …..
The park is dog friendly too!
But whether you want to hang out at camp and play cards, have campfire and play guitar…..or run/ride Bruno's Run and then go for a swim to cool off…..or spend hours on the clear, clear water paddling and watching nature Pete's Lake is incredible!
We stayed at Petes Lake Campground from June 10-16, 2018. We enjoyed the large site of 3A and were traveling with three dogs. There are clean vault toilets and water available. There is no wi-fi or cellular service here. There is a nice beach and pier to enjoy the clear lake.
Petes Lake is a great campground tucked in the Hiawatha National Forest. The campground is located about 15 minutes south of Munising. We stayed in Munising at a private RV park for a few days before discovering this place and fell in love with it. The campground has only 41 sites but because they are well-spaced and heavily treed you have some privacy and don’t feel cramped. If you want a campsite right on the water, look at sites 4a and 5a. Sites 7a and 8a are walk-in tent sites having lots of privacy. There are plenty of sites that are long and level enough to fit large RVs you just have to be mindful there are lots of trees. The main roads in the campground are paved and wide enough to maneuver. Campsites have no utilities but there are vault toilets and potable water. Picnic tables and fire pits are at each site and you are allowed to collect firewood from dead and downed trees (which I love since I am a campfire lover). Be aware that there are only two vehicles allowed per site and you will be charged $6/vehicle/night. Since this is a National Forest campground, senior pass holders get ½ off camping making this a bargain at $9/night.
For the outdoor enthusiast who is looking to get away and enjoy the outdoors this place is great. It is set on the 190-acre Petes Lake where you have a swim beach, boat launch and fishing piers. We spent a couple of hours paddling the lake which was very peaceful. Running through the campground is the Bruno’s Run Trail – a 9-mile trail traversing the woods and around small ponds. This was a great trail except for some pesky bugs that started annoying us as we heated up. Our dog loved the hike because we passed a couple of ponds letting her cool off and get a drink. We only encountered four mountain bikers during our hike which was nice compared to the crowded trails in the nearby Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
We would definitely come back to this campground and it would be a 5-star if it had hook-ups for our RV.