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Established Camping

South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground

About

Michigan Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. The Michigan Recreation Passport does not cover local, county, municipal, or metropolitan parks or recreation areas. Learn more: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79134_79210---,00.html

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Location

South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground is located in Michigan

Detail location of campground

Directions

From town: Go 3 mi W on S Curtis Rd, then 2 mi S on Long Point Rd, then 1/2 mi SE, on West side of lake.

Coordinates

46.17614725 N
85.79144728 W

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Access

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

Stay Connected

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

Site Types

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

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Big Rig Friendly

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3 Reviews

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2022

Peaceful

Very shaded, primitive spots, many of these the lake is right behind the campsite

Site#17 is a wide, easy access site.
Month of VisitJuly
Joshua L.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2020

Rustic camping at its finest

I have been visiting this campground since the early 90s with my family. My Dad used to come here when he was young. It does not have all the modern “glamping” amenities - no water/electric hookups here! No showers or running water! Outhouses only! And that’s just how it should stay. Half of the campsites have direct private lake access for swimming or boating purposes. The other half cozy up against the deep woods. All campsites are decently private, with a fair amount of foliage and woods separating all of them, unlike some places where you pitch a tent ten feet from your neighbors. There is a boat launch and a fish cleaning table, and every site has a picnic table and a metal ringed fire pit. This is perfect for the true rustic tent camper. I spent five days here in early July 2020 with nothing but my motorcycle and a two person tent, and it was all bird songs and wildlife. The only downsides are that there’s only one location to dispose of trash, so you could have a decent hike to do so, and the fact that there’s no electric hookups means glampers tend to run generators which can be a little annoying. But this is a wonderful place and it holds many good memories for me!

  • Review photo of South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground by Joshua L., August 2, 2020
  • Review photo of South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground by Joshua L., August 2, 2020
  • Review photo of South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground by Joshua L., August 2, 2020
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Jennifer S.
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2019

Rustic camping

Great time at south Manistique lake campground. This campground has 30 campsites that are first come basis. There are outhouses that are super clean and Oder free. There is a dumpster for trash and it is 15$ a night. We stayed at site 30 right on the lake near the boat launch. The launch unfortunately did not have a dock and is very shallow and sandy. We watched someone struggle to get their boat out as the truck was getting stuck in the sand. The sites all have picnic tables and a fire ring. Unfortunately the fire ring did not have a grate to cook over. Other than that great experience all around. We will return!

  • Review photo of South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground by Jennifer S., September 7, 2019
  • Review photo of South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground by Jennifer S., September 7, 2019
  • Review photo of South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground by Jennifer S., September 7, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at South Manistique Lake State Forest Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is fair, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is unknown.