Huron Manistee National Forest
Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District
The Huron - Manistee National Forest is located in the rolling, forested hills of Michigan's lower peninsula. Split down the middle, half of the forest is located in the East, near Lake Huron. All of the campgrounds American Land & Leisure runs are part of the other half; located on the western edge of the peninsula, on or near Lake Michigan, within a day's drive of Chicago, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. These beautiful campgrounds draw tourists to their quiet forest trails, wildflower covered meadows, and cool rivers to hike, swim and canoe. Bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, and horseback riding are also available.
Bowman Bridge Campground
Bowman Bridge Campground is a quiet, forested campground along the Pere Maquette River about 5 miles west of Baldwin. It has 20 camp sites. Campers come out to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in the nearby river. The North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail has a trailhead at the campground, and campers enjoy the varied local wildlife.
Nichols Lake Campground
The campground is located on the south side of the lake and the day use area is on the north. 28 family sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Fishing and swimming are popular activities and there is a ramp and stairway from the campground to the lake for easy access. There is also an accessible fishing pier.
Highbank Lake Campground
Highbank Lake is a shallow lake, with a sandy bottom, making it a very popular swimming area. The campground has 9 family sites and a boat ramp. Surrounded by National Forest makes this a very popular area with hikers and fishermen.
Gleasons Landing Campground
Gleasons Landing is the most popular campground on the Pere Marquette River. Fly-fishermen love this catch and release only section of the river. The campground is for tents only and with only 4 family sites, and 2 groups for up to 20 people, it is best to make reservations ahead of your stay.
Benton Lake Campground
Benton Lake Campground is very popular during the hunting season. The 25 first-come-first-served sites are also enjoyed during the summer for access to fishing, swimming, picnicking and hiking the nearby North Country National Scenic Trail.
Old Grade Campground
20 first-come-first-served campsites are beautifully set in this hemlock and birch forest. There is a short interpretive hiking trail with foot bridges from the campground. Trout fishermen enjoy this part of the Little Manistee River but it is too shallow for canoes.
Pines Point Campground
Pines Point Campground has 29 family sites and 5 20-person group sites on the banks of the White River. The canoe landing is walk-in. This site is popular for tubing during the summer, with a half-hour float around the peninsula located in the picnic area. Make your reservations early for this quiet and secluded campground shaded by towering white pine.