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About Pinckney State Rec Area
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Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
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Trash Available
Pinckney State Rec Area is located in Michigan
42.423 N
-84.042 W
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11 Reviews of Pinckney State Rec Area
Lovely . . . . . Or would have been without the kids ;)

The camp was small, but lovely.  I enjoyed the setting and hiking, but swimming did not keep the kids (ages 1.5, 3, 5 &6) entertained for long.  It's my ideal location for a quiet solo camp, maybe next time.

Crooked Lake Campground

This is a small rustic campground within the Pinckney Recreation Area. On Crooked Lake, it has 25 sites, two of which are right on the water; #7 is full sun, larger, and 20 is sun/shade and tucked away in the back of the campground. Basic boat launch, though I didn't have canoe or anything. Two out houses, hand pump for water and the usual fire ring and picnic table.

Lit's of hiking and biking trails and if you do like being on the water, apparently this lake connects with the river and other lakes in the area.

I had site 2, camped recently, so, I don't know if it gets crowded in warmer months. Ranger station sells wood and civilization is not far away.


Clean shower,. Spot little close , not alot for kids beside swimming

Perfect campasite to explore surroundings with your Mountain Bike!

We loved the trails for Mountain Bikes that are close to the Campsite! They are super fun!! 🚴🏼‍♀️🤙🏻

With multiple camping styles

There are multiple camping opportunities with a variety of camping styles. Yurt rental, to hike-in rustic sites, there's good camping for anyone. A 35 mile hiking trail runs through the entire area with small day trails branching off to points of interest, all with corresponding camp sites. It has good isolation, but not far from creature comforts either.

Family friendly

Nice clean modern Campground with a few rustic sites. Lake is very clean on a small chain.

Great for a mini backpacking trip!

This is a great trail for beginning backpackers or anyone looking for a quick escape to the woods. We hiked the 7.5 mile loop and stayed one night. The best part is that there are no campgrounds so no loud groups of people/signs of humans everywhere. Just nature! Watch out for the bikers though. They go very fast and some of them are quite salty about having to share the trail with hikers.

grass and full sun, or shade and dirt

we stayed In a rented rv w compamy campIng trIp. The facilItIes were not well kept but It Is a large famIly friendly campground wIth plenty of weekend events and actIvItes. The sItes are all near enough to the lake for all to enjoy.

Hike-in campsite option

We took advantage of one of the hike in only areas along the waterloo trail. Trails were not very clearly marked and part of the hike was on the road. No facilities at the site. Our hike out we shared the trail with horses which was not ideal as our backpacks often scared the horses so needed to always talk so they knew we were just humans. There is a Horse camp not too far from the hike-in campground which is reported to have running water. The trails were not very easy to follow to locate the horse camp, so we didn't end up making it over there and instead collected water from a nearby pond and filtered it.

Bruin Lake Campground

Nice little campground. Bathroom facilities could use some updating. Rangers are great. Nice lake to kayak in.