Monocle Lake Campground

Hiawatha National Forest

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FR-3700 Brimley, MI 49715 906-635-5311 906-789-4062 Official Website

GPS: 46.4712, -84.6392

Last Price Paid: $16
Number of Sites: 39
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: May-Oct.
Elevation: 640 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
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Shelby, MI 33' Open Range 5th Wheel
1 review
Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 10

Sharon would stay here again

“Beautiful wooded campground”

Reviewed Feb 25, 2018

Overall Rating

This is a beautiful campground dug right into the forest with paved road and very large sites. We own a 34 ft 5th wheel and towed a boat behind that without any difficulty maneuvering through the campground. There is a boat launch for small boats. This lake is small.

We had heard there was good fishing here but there wasn’t. In fact on the weekend there are boaters waterskiing and the lake gets a bit rough because it is smaller. The water is clean and clear great for swimming on the sandy beach that extends the length of the campground and a large beach at the day park. There are hiking trails, concrete raised fire pits, and a table.

If you like the casino there is a large Indian run casino nearby. The town of Brimley is small but the camp is about a half hour from Sault St. Marie, where you can view the locks, and hop over to Canada, or shop and dine in terrific restaurants. The city is older than the United States. There’s lots to do and learn here.

There is also a scenic drive called the Lake Superior Circle Tour that will take you to many sights like Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks etc.

In nearby Brimley is also the Point Iroquois Lighthouse which is very pretty off of the St Mary’s river (I believe) and into the mouth of Lake Superior. There is a beautiful board walk that leads to a narrow beach which is sandy but also has beautiful stones and rocks.

But when you arrive back at camp you are nestled away in the woods in a quiet little paradise again. They have vault toilets that are kept clean, and a camp host drives around on a golf cart to take fees, and do the cleaning. If there is ever any problems in the camp she does not hesitate to call the local police who will drive through periodically. But we never heard a peep. The camp was not full and is a rustic campground. You may run generators during day hours and it might be difficultt with solar because of the shady area. The back ins are 30 to 50 feet with a couple pull through spots and some 75-80 feet. They are nice and deep for big rigs.

It is dog friendly and we took our dog down to the water to swim. I’m not sure about at the day park though.

Cell service is sketchy but be careful in this area if you do not have international coverage because you will bounce off of Canadian towers. I had to call Verizon to get fees removed when I realized where my connection was com8ng from. I’m used to this living in Michigan but if you are not familiar with the area you can call your carrier and have them block 8nternational roaming so that you aren’t charged.

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Verizon 4G/LTE

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


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