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Indian Lake State Park

Manistique, Michigan


8970 W County Rd 442
Manistique, Michigan 49854
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 145
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 45.94119
Longitude: -86.33271

Elevation: 626' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access ?
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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25 Reviews

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed at Indian Lake State Park one night for the last night of a week dry camping in National and State campgrounds in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The Campground wasn't very busy and we had a choice of many beautiful sites. It was easy to move around with the trailer and the site we picked was amazingly level. Easy hook up to the 30 amp and to my better half's delight we had all the comfort of home. The park was extremely clean and the employees seemed to be glad the camping season was winding down. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
129
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful Michigan State Park. The sites are grassy and roomy. Our site was a level 50 amp pull-through. We were told we could pull in from either direction so we chose to pull in so Indian Lake was visible out our back window. One lovely two-mile hiking trail. Convenient dump station near the exit. The only negative was the site next to us, site 65. Because of the location of a water fountain, the electric box, firepits and wood posts on the opposite side of the road, site 65 is a difficult site to maneuver. We watched three different campers on three consecutive nights struggle to back into site 65. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Jack's Market and Three Seasons Restaurant in Manistique are both highly recommended.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park next to the lake. Camped there July 5th and as expected the park was near capacity. Some vehicles close to the roads but could still pull our 32' trailer through no problem. Site 60, at the end of the loop, was nice and wide with some privacy on two sides. Easy to back into. Friendly and helpful staff. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of things to see in the local area.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Great lakeside location. Some sites are adjacent to the lake. Our pull through was long enough for the RV and CRV but had the topography of a potato chip. The one improvement I would recommend is level grading the sites. Some sites had campers with wheels off the ground while other were on blocks to level. I was able to maneuver the coach in a position to level without pads or blocks however it had to be done manually. The computer leveling shuts off with "extreme slope". One good thing about the park is no low branches. This is a big rig friendly campground. AT&T service was good and we were able to pick up 8-10 TV channels on the air antenna. The site are close side by side and several were set up parallel to the road. The campground is generally open space but has a few sites with more trees. Some sites were paved too. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Manistique is 4 miles away and has a grocer with a great selection, several eateries and a truck stop with diesel lanes. Fayette Historic Park was a great afternoon destination. It's about 20 miles from the park. Informative and interesting with historical assessments of a town from 1860's Michigan. It's free admission with your state park passport.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park campground. Impeccably maintained by a super friendly staff. Spots are a mix of wooded and lake views. Wooded spots are larger and have more privacy. Big fire rings, and picnic tables, with 30 amp at each spot. Lake facing spots have spectacular views, and face the sunset. Great bathhouses and play areas for kids. Beach with kayak rentals, etc, also available. Really nice park, we had a fantastic time there. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

The park was awesome. Most of the lots are really big and some are right on the water. I wouldn't recommend the loop to the left from the entrance (sites 120-143). Showers are nice but there is only one per bath-house. Sites are dirt and grass and feature a fire ring and picnic table. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
51
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

South Campground review --We spent 5 days here. We chose a water view. Electric only, with dump station and water spigots around. Plus 9/day for the MH - or get a $32 pass - and $7 for the car. The sites are mostly grass, spacious with a big fire ring and picnic table. Back in mostly, but some pull thrus, some parked sideways. Rest rooms and $2.00 showers for non-campers. Well maintained, and very clean. Beach, boat ramp, playground, kayak rentals, a book nook, games, magazines and short hiking trails. Very popular park. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
106
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great location for Fayette Historical SP, Painted Rocks in Munising, Big Springs Kitch-iti-Kipi etc.

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We were looking for a quiet place to avoid the weekend crowds yet still be within 2 hours of the Mackinaw Bridge area. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed here on a Friday night in July.

Note there are 2 separate camping areas - south/main and west. We stayed in the west campground.

This is a nice hideaway with 72 walk-up (non-reservable) sites. Registration is self-service and cash or check only, or you can register and pay with a credit card at the main/South Indian Lake SP campground 2 miles away. The sites are 20 amp electric only. Although the sites are relatively close together, the 'pod' shaped areas make the sites feel much bigger. There are no dump station nor trash/recycling, however, these can be used at the main campground at no additional charge. Showers are available at the main campground for $2. There is no wifi. Verizon cell coverage was just strong enough to use a hot spot. ATT was adequate. Despite being a weekend in the busy season, the campground was about half full. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There's a small beach on Indian Lake about a mile away. The Kitch-iti-Kipi Spring (The Big Spring) at Palm Book SP is about 4 miles away.

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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a 30 amp site and does not include the required daily or annual pass ($31 each for motorhome and towed vehicle). Our site, 136, was very unlevel, even though it is listed as level on the web site. The only way we could park was sideways near the front of the site which meant that we barely had enough electrical cord to make it to the power pedestal. We made it all work, but just barely, by working on it for a long time. Our site was on the west end in the East Shore unit. (The West Shore unit is about 15 minutes away, more remote, with 20 amp service, and does not take reservations.) We did not have any type of water view, but it seemed to be much quieter in our loop. Many of the sites on the east loops did have a lake view, with some being wonderful. I suspect one has to book very early to hook one of these sites. We were able to find a hole in the trees to get satellite with a portable dish, but it was not easy. We had Verizon data and voice using our amplifier and roof-top antenna. On one side we had close neighbors, on the other we had lots of space. Most sites are fairly close together with little vegetation for separation. It was fine for a couple of nights to visit the area, but we would not go out of our way to stay here again. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
136
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Manistique, with grocery and restaurants is only 15 minutes away. Palms Book State Park with the Big Springs (Kitch-iti-kipi) is a fun visit.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful state park with most of the sites offering a great view of the lake. There are sites up on a bluff and some smaller sites right on the lake, enjoy your morning coffee sitting on your own beach. There are very few pull throughs and only one was really level, 39. Larger rigs would need to use a back in site but well worth it as it is a great park. We stopped overnite and ranger didn't charge us the entry fee for our tow vehicle as we weren't going to unhook. We would stay here again. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, fall foliage tours.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

A beautiful location with spacious sites. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They held a package that was sent for us and delivered to our campsite. Good walking trails and biking possibilities. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
site 9
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Park is tight for a big rig but gal on phone said my 40 ft motor home and toad would have room to stay hooked up and it did. Most are seasonal but we had about 7 overnighters when we were here. It has a lake but very small beach and no dogs allowed there or anywhere in the park except to walk to dog run. Kind of a pain with our two dogs as we have been staying at places that are wide open. IMO this park is alright for one night but I wouldn't stay for a season. We had 50 amp service as 30 amp was only 2 dollars cheaper and we needed AC. Water and sewer with WiFi that worked fine as we were close to office. This will be our only stay here or in the future. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-6
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

We just returned from our second stay at Indian Lake State Park. This is a great park set on a large inland lake in the Upper Peninsula. It is a great swimming lake and rather shallow, which means it is much warmer than nearby Lake Michigan. Many campers take advantage of the lake for boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. Campsites are decent size and most are easy enough to access. There are three sets of conveniently-located bathhouses/showers. While they are older, they are immaculately maintained and cleaned daily. Access roads are paved, and sites are grass and most are shaded. Reserve early (6 months) for a lakefront site. Sunset is a special time at Indian Lake SP! Lakefront sites on the north end of the park sit on a bluff, while the south end is at lake level. Manistique is a convenient location for exploring Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
78
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Ideas for side trips: Seney National Wildlife Preserve, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Kitch-iti-kipi - the Big Spring, and Fayette Historic State Park.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Very close sites especially drive throughs. We could almost touch neighbors. NO Tv. 1st time I ever that happen. No Wifi despite there advertising it. We were next to office too. It wasn't dirty, but it was dusty with traffic and little or no grass, just dirt site. It might not be bad for overnight stay, but you could probably get better camping experience by staying a State or State Forest campground. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
next to office
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

the "Resort" featured utilities in strange situation. The electric was in standard drivers side position, but the sewer and water were on opposite side (starboard) side. We didn't need sewer so we didn't hook up. I would go to State campground next time.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 41

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Called for vacancies and upon arrival at office were given a laminated map of campgrounds with vacant sites noted. Told to drive around, pick site and return to pay for chosen site. Most all sites have electrical, are very large dirt/ grass sites with site boundaries indicated on paved interior roads, level with rv parked wherever within site boundary lines. We parked motorhome facing lake with great view in number 92. Need a daily $9.00 or $31.00 out of state recreation fee for both motorhome and towed vehicle. Water and dump station is conveniently located near entrance as well as recycling bins. Big rig friendly. We camped at Indian Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
92
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Great fishing, rowboats and canoes available for rent.

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