Bishop Lake Campground

Brighton State Recreation Area

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Bishop Lake Rd.
Pinckney, MI 48169
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GPS: 42.502, -83.846

Last Price Paid: $21
Number of Sites: 144
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 899 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

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29 CrossRoads Cruiser Fifth Wheel
2013 Ford F-350
1 review
Nightly rate: $21
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: 100
“Great basic campground, open year-round. Sandhill cranes roam the park!”

Reviewed Sep 12, 2017

Overall Rating

We love camping at the Bishop Lake Campground during the off season. There are sandhill cranes that walk around eerily crowing, the campers are pretty spread out, and the bathroom is clean (and open year-round!). The lake isn't for swimming - fishing and kayaking only - but is beautiful to look at. The sites only offer electric with a shared central water pump. There is a dump site on the way out of the camp, however. The campground requires a recreation pass. In the off season, the office is run very sporadically, so it's likely you'll be checking in by envelope in the dark (bring a pen) and the small yellow phone box in front of the office. I've heard that the office is manned all the time during the season.

All the sites in the lower loop appear to be nice with grassy sites, a large metal fire ring, and a picnic table. There are fewer trees/more open sun in the lower loop, with more trees around the outside loop. There are no pull-through sites, but you can see the attached map to find which might be easiest for you to get into/out of. In the off season, you can often drive through adjacent spots to get to your own.

As a note, the Brighton Recreation Area is large and somewhat confusing. Make sure to use the address for Brighton Bishop Lake (Modern) Campground, and NOT Brighton Rec, or you're likely to end up at the wrong location. There are paved roads all the way to the campground, but there are many surrounding ROUGH dirt roads that can be less fun for rigs and cars alike.

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39 Heartland Bighorn
2015 Ford F-350
4 reviews
Nightly rate: $14
Days stayed: 8
Site Number: 34

Zsuzso would stay here again

“Very nice, spacious sites”

Reviewed Jun 23, 2016

Overall Rating

We choose the electric only site, was big on grass. Well marked , easy to access park. At the entrance has 2 dump stations with safe and unsafe water. Very close to Brighton, which is a cute town. There is a train track near by, but is not a problem at all. You'll need a DNR pass, which can be bought right there.

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  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • Partial Hookups
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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