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Marion Lake Campground USFS, Watersmeet, Michigan

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Out of the many rustic national and state forest campgrounds I have visited over the years, this is one of the best. Sites come in a variety of sizes suitable for everything from the smallest tent to the largest fifth-wheel, though options for the latter are limited. Most sites are wooded and have excellent screening and distance from neighbors. Half to two-thirds of sites are located along the lake with either direct access to the water or access down a short trail and/or staircase. Other sites are located on the inland side of the access roads. Several outhouses are scattered throughout the campground. There are also pressurized water spigots, but the spigots do not have threaded ends to attach a hose.

Along with a variety of fish (smallmouth bass were all I encountered, but without much effort put in) and a couple of loons, the lake itself is host to a small number of homes/camps, but at the end of September and beginning of October, the atmosphere was as peaceful as good be. Night was nearly completely silent other than the loons and owls all around.

Staying here was a pleasure and I most certainly will be back, probably late in another season when occupants are few and solitude is golden. We camped at Marion Lake Campground USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
East loops
Site Surface
Gravel, 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
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

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

Check out the Sylvania Wilderness several miles west off Hwy. U.S. 2. Also check out Bond Falls, by far the Western Upper Peninsula's largest waterfall, to the north. Civilization is in short supply here - if you need supplies, Watersmeet is the place, and if you are into gambling, there is a casino just north of town.


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