Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Manistee National Forest

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6000 W Forest Trail Rd. Free Soil, MI 49411 231-723-0141 231-775-2421 Reservations: 877-444-6777 Official Website

GPS: 44.1177, -86.4144

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Overview of Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Number of Sites 99

Pad Type asphalt

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally May -October

Elevation 623 ft / 189 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Site Quality
25' Forest River 2516
Ford Explorer
3 reviews
“Great Experience”

Reviewed 8/26/2020

Nightly rate: $27
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 49
Overall Rating

I've never heard of this campground when I came across on looking for any openings since all of our state parks were booked this summer. We had a wonderful experience, outside of a noisy neighbor causing issues one night. The site was also very roomy and had lots of hardwood and pine tress surrounding it. The campground is actually called Lake Michigan at Manistee and right next to the Nordhouse Wilderness Area. There is a wonderful sandy beach, a short walk from our site, that wasn't very busy. I was able to spend a some time on the beach in silence just listing to the waves crash. There is also a very nice hiking trail that is part of the wilderness area that we did, but we only did have of the trail. The trailhead for the trail was at the beach.

There are no hook-ups, but there is an asphalt pad that comes off the road in an angle that would make it easy to back a camper into the site. We camp in a tent for this weekend, but we're definitely planning on going back once we get our camper, even without the hook-ups. The campground had 4 loops with 25 sites in each loop. The loop we were on had 1 bathroom with flush toilets, but no showers. That would be the only knock on the campground, no showers. There were a couple of water spickets.

Site Quality

turtlecat8 would stay here again

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Just Me and the Dog
Washington, MI
22' Coachmen Freedom Express
Ford F-150
5 reviews

Reviewed 9/20/2019

Nightly rate: $25
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 3
Overall Rating

The road in is blacktop and a little bumpy in a few spots, also, the campground roads are paved. There are 4 loops for campsites. I saw 2 "Host" sites that both had bagged ice and firewood. Nice and quiet and away from any highways. Pit toilets that were very clean and a couple of water spigots in each camp loop. Most sites are under a canopy of trees, so minimal or no solar. When I was there, there were a lot of open sites. Of course, this was the middle of Sept. I'm sure it is much busier in the summer.

Hiking trails, beach on Lake Michigan is all the more reason to visit.

Site Quality

Just Me and the Dog would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • group sites
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • pets


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