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Overview of Jones 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 42

Elevation 1,181 ft / 359 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Last reported 7/21/2020
Bisbee, AZ
20' Forest River Rockwood A-Frame A215HW
Toyota Tundra
57 reviews
“Clear water, sandy beach, large sites”

Reviewed 7/21/2020

Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 5
Overall Rating

Camped 7/16/20-7/18/20 (Thur-Sun). Note: $15 doesn't include extra Recreation Passport fee. We liked this campground - large sites with privacy, sun for the solar panels, pretty lake, sandy beach, nice kayaking, and very few mosquitoes (during the daytime that is). There are beautiful sunsets over the lake, and starry nights; we had a great view of Comet Neowise too!

The main campground road has multiple cul-de-sac-type loops that shoot off either side. When you enter, the road splits: boat launch & parking area one way, campground the other. Campsites are large and well spaced with vegetation between them & have a picnic table & fire ring. The pads are gravel or packed sand/dirt and most seemed pretty level. Site areas are grassy; some are almost like you have your own little yard. Campsites closest to the lake have paths to the lake where you can put in your kayak or canoe. There's also a trail adjacent to the lake that starts at the beach. Besides this beach (where locals come), there's another open grassy area within the campground with sandy frontage for swimming.

The campground has two sets of vault toilets (men's & women's), along with a water pump by each set. A trash dumpster is within the campground. Sites range from shady & partial shade to a lot of sun. We were in loop 1 and had a good deal of sun. Trees in the campground are mostly short, medium & tall pines, so you are not in a dense forest here.

Arriving on a Thursday, there were a fair number of campers, but it wasn't full, even on the weekend. VTs were clean and stocked with TP. I didn't see any poison ivy. A couple thunderstorms rolled through, but it didn't get muddy & puddles quickly disappeared (sandy soil in this area). We had nice breezes off the lake, which probably helped with the mosquitoes, but we did get a couple fly bites. Noise wasn't an issue, but there were some barking dogs and we heard military noise from the nearby Grayling Military Reservation. Also some road noise, but it wasn't constant.

The boat ramp at Jones Lake is decent sized & cement. Also, there are other lakes nearby to kayak or fish that have boat access.

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WhatsNext_OutWest would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
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