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Overview of Jackson Lake State Forest Campground

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: Michigan Recreation Passport

Number of Sites 18

Pad Type dirt

Open Seasonally April - November

Elevation 885 ft / 269 m

Max Stay 14

Max Length 40 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Jackson Lake State Forest Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/20/2020
Cheboygan, MI
6 reviews
“Nice sites, had some noise issues. ”

Reviewed 7/20/2020

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 11
RV Length: 22' (Toy Hauler Travel Trailer)
Overall Rating

Most of the sites were very nice. Definitely setup more for very small campers and tents. There were 3 or 4 sites we could fit our travel trailer into. Most were very level and wouldn’t require much fuss to get setup. Had to do some light cleanup of our site when we got there, pretty common for a forest campground with no host. Saturday night there were people lighting off mortar style fireworks way after quiet hours so that had to be dealt with. This is also an ORV friendly campground so there were dirt bikes, ATV’s and UTV’s running around. One group even came right through our site instead of going around...... The lake is not swimmer friendly, very mucky. Overall would try this campground again to see if we had the same issues or if this was a one time thing.

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Verizon 4G

jyoder9606 would stay here again

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Bisbee, AZ
83 reviews
“State Forest campground, rustic, lakeside”

Reviewed 7/12/2017

Nightly rate: $22
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 9
RV Length: 20' (Pop Up Camper)
Overall Rating

Fee: $13/night plus $9 for out-of-state daily Recreation Passport
Camped Saturday night, 7/8/17

Jackson Lake is a pretty little lake, and the campground has lakeside (& non-lakeside) sites with nice views through the evergreens. Lakeside sites have short paths to the lake, and we were able to put our kayaks in from our site's path. Sites are large and somewhat sandy; some are spaced out and more private. This is a campground that accommodates off-the-road vehicles, with an ORV trail at the end of the campground. There were 2 occupied sites that had four-wheelers, and the campground is right off highway M-33, so there was some noise, but not bothersome.

Lake water was clear and warm, it being a shallow lake. Some campers were fishing from their kayaks. Sites had large picnic tables and a fire ring identical to the one at Hog Island State Forest Campground in the Upper Peninsula.

The two unisex vault toilet houses in our area were clean, had air fresheners and hand sanitizing dispensers.

Old-fashioned hand-pump water pump in our area was disconnected. The other did not work well and took a lot of pumping to get water.

This was a nice campground, and thankfully not even half full for a weekend night. We first stopped at Clear Lake State Park on M-33, and they let us look around the campground before registering. It was jam-packed full of people, with camp sites right next to one another. When self-registering at Jackson Lake campground, there was a sign on the board with amenity fees for Clear Lake State Park, like $2 showers, so I guess campers can go there and shower, get ice, etc.

Site Quality

WhatsNext_OutWest would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • OHV
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • water available


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