Whelan Lake

Manistee National Forest

2 Reviews
FR-6661 Custer, MI 49405 231-745-4631 231-775-2421 Official Website

GPS: 43.9105, -86.1575

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Overview of Whelan Lake

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Number of Sites 6

Tent Camping Yes

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Ratings Summary

Overall Rating
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Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 10/1/2017
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 11/25/2018
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Grand Rapids, MI Chevy Astro
1 review
“Feels remote, but not so bad”

Reviewed 11/25/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 6
Overall Rating

A bit littered, but easy to ignore the “matter out of place”.

I’m glad I had AWD and toothy tires. I went in wet conditions.

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3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

AÜ would stay here again

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Minneweese
MI 20' Rockwood A-Frame A122S
1 review
“Fall Peace and Quiet”

Reviewed 10/1/2017

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 6
Overall Rating

These sites are situated around Lake Whelan, a 13-acre lake with some fishing available. The sites are level and a couple have pull-through paths for bigger rigs. The Forest Service does a fair job of cleaning up after thoughtless pigs crap on the sites. We came here earlier in the year and saw lots of garbage in the fire rings. This time (late September) it looks like someone had cleaned the fire rings and even raked around site #1. Very nice.

The road back here is a little rough, might get gooey during heavy rains. We were here opening day of bow season and only two other sites were occupied. Very quiet, minimal traffic, no parties. Occasional dirt bikes and ORV's on the main road, no big deal.

The Pere Marquette River is very close and there are some closed fire roads that make for great walking to some abandoned campsites. We spoke to a local who said there used to be many places to drive very close to the river but the Forest Service had to close them due to garbage left in the woods and rutting of roads.

You could fish in the river, but it doesn't look like this section is passable by canoe or kayak.

Yes, we would camp here again, but here in Michigan there are so many places it might be a while!

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

Minneweese would stay here again

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com

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Amenities

Hookups
  • dry camping
Recreation
  • fishing
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • pull thru
Facilities
  • restrooms: vault
Pets
  • pets
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