Shelldrake Dam

Dept. Natural Resources

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West Brenaman Road Paradise, MI 49768 906-293-3293

GPS: 46.713, -85.064

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Overview of Shelldrake Dam

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Number of Sites 5

Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 623 ft / 189 m

Tent Camping Yes

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To ask questions of the owner or manager please contact the campground directly. 906-293-3293

gavin asked on 5/2/2021

Are there bathrooms or outhouses?

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Reviews of Shelldrake Dam 3 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/29/2018
Petoskey, MI
1 review
“This campground has been closed for years.”

Reviewed 10/10/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0
Overall Rating

The impoundment behind the Shelldrake Dam is good for wildlife watching, fishing, kayaking, canoeing. Access is by dirt road; 4WD not needed.


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Reviewed 7/29/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
RV Length: 31' (Travel Trailer)
Overall Rating

Drove back here with our lifted 30 foot airstream from the road from the lake access area, planning to take a left into the old campground. The road to what looks like the old campground loop on Satelite view, intentionally has logs across it now blocking the way. Thankfully they are far enough in that we backed the airstream in there ... more

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Verizon 4G

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1 review

Reviewed 4/13/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Overall Rating

The official campground was a closed in 2014, but there is nearby open land to camp on, or you can camp at Andrus Lake Campground, very nice and only about 1/2 mile away.

This is a nice place to kayak around as it is the backwaters for a small dam.


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