Lake Michigan Recreation Area

Lake Michigan Recreation Area Bike Trail of Manistee County, Michigan

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Trail Distance:

Over 3 miles long.


Lake Michigan Recreation Area is located in Mason County, Michigan. The nearest community is Manistee, about 13 miles northeast.

From the north, take US-31 south 10 miles from its junction with M-55 in Manistee, then right on Forest Trail 5629 for 8 miles to the site. From the south, take US-31 north 11 1/2 miles from its junction with US-10 at Scottville, then left on Forest Trail 5629 for 8 miles to the site.

Trail Description:

The popular Lake Michigan Recreation Area is comprised of family and group campsites that are both scenic and natural. The Recreation Area adjoins Lake Michigan to the west and Nordhouse DunesWilderness Area to the south. Picnicking opportunities, hiking on the arrowhead trail, bicycling, and beautiful sandy beaches await the outdoor enthusiast.


  • 100 Paved spurs (odd-#'s barrier free)
  • 8 Vault toilet buildings
  • 2 Flush toilet buildings
  • 100 Fire rings
  • 100 Tables
  • 4 Hand pumps
  • 12 Water fountains
  • 2 Observation decks
  • 3 Group sites
  • 3 1/2 miles of graveled bicycle/hiking trails
  • 2 Pay phones Picnic site with playground
  • Swimming beach


The season is from May 15 through October 1. However, the area is open year around unless closed by snowfall. Please check with the Manistee Ranger Station regarding dates outside the summer season.


For the latest information regarding fees and condition of the facility, contact the Ranger Station at Manistee (231-723-2211 or TTY 231-723-0124). The campsites during the summer season, allows up to 8 people and 2 vehicles per site. The fee changes for some campsites outside the summer season. Group campsite are for up to 25 people; and for groups larger than 25 people. For group reservations, contact Reserve America at (877)- 444-6777. The picnic area is a fee demonstration pilot site. A vehicle pass is required and can be purchased at the Manistee Ranger Station, the Huron Manistee Supervisor's Office, and other district offices.


Care should be taken to keep the area clean and in the condition it was found, so visitors are asked to please pack out what they pack in. Dogs Must Be Leashed. "The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status. (Not all bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) Should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD)." Minimum reservations of 2 consecutive days are required.

Lake Michigan Recreation Area Map

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