Lake Margrethe State Forest Campground


2.50 out of 5
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Campground Description

37 sites for tent or small trailer use. Located on Lake Margrethe with fishing and boating. Manistee and Au Sable Rivers offer good canoeing opportunities. Closest canoe rental in Grayling (5 miles East). State Forest Pathways: Mason Tract (13 miles SE): 11.5 miles of slightly hilly terrain. Hike, cross-country ski. Closed to bicycling due to erosion and safety concerns. Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes:Frederic Loop Trail (5 miles North):29 miles of cycle/ATV trail and 9 miles of full-sized vehicle route. Universally accessible toilets, wells, and fire rings. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. Check with State Forest Campground Manager for seasonal availability.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on February 3, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Fishing, wildlife viewing, boating, walk-in camping, rustic camping

    Campground Amenities

    Boat launch, vault toilets, potable water

    Reservation info

    Online reservations at or call 800-447-2757

    Camping Fees


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    Reviews of Lake Margrethe State Forest Campground

    Reviewed by Emylee on August 16, 2015

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    Worst campground I've ever been to. The DNR drives through all the time but does nothing. Kids screaming, parents screaming....even at designated quiet times. There was a family one night that had their babies up until almost midnight and the mom just yelling at the top of her lungs at them. The DNR was no where to be seen then. One of the worst camping experiences I've ever had.
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    Reviewed by mrseast on May 23, 2015

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    Just spent three nights here on Site 26. The site was large enough for our trailer but was surrounded by a marshy area on three sides. We were afraid we would get eaten alive by mosquitoes but it was cool so they weren't bad. Good privacy and large lots. This is a very nice place and many of the lots are waterfront. The lake is beautiful and the campground is close to Grayling. Boat ramp is nice.
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