Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Manistee National Forest Shelley Lake Campground

Shelley Lake is a 15-acre lake, surrounded by National Forest land, the family-style campground is the only access to the lake. A foot-bridge over the creek leads to one of the sites. This campground is very popular during fishing season. Sites are surrounded by an oak and maple forest. The lake is only 15-feet at its deepest point.

National Forest
Drive In
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
Manistee National Forest Shelley Lake Campground is located in Michigan
43.7119 N
-85.8119 W
Get Directions
_ From White Cloud - _ Travel north on M-37 for 10 miles. Turn right and travel east on FR 5450 for .5 miles. Follow the primitive road to the site.
1 Review of Manistee National Forest Shelley Lake Campground
First to Review
Very rustic with a really narrow road

First we didn’t find a sign- just a gravel circle next to the road. At the back of the gravel we found a small sign pointing down a narrow road (it didn’t say any names). We drove down it but it’s a narrow fit with few turn-outs- picture a classic, small 2-track trail. I would hesitate to take a larger camper here. After a drive we came upon the fee sign and 2 direction choices. 

We drove right and only found a few campsites. They were large and we were able to drive right into them. We actually found it easier to drive into the campsite to make the turn than to stay on the two-track. The trees are right next to the road. The lake wasn’t visible from this side. There was a walk-in site at the end of this track. It was far enough that none of the campsite was visible from the turnaround. 

The lack of signs and less well kept nature left us feeling a little less than comfortable here.