Indian Lake State Park

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Indian Lake - Entrance sign

Indian Lake State Park
8970W County Road 442
Manistique, MI 49854
Phone: (906) 341-2355

My visit: September 2011

Michigan DNR Website: Indian Lake is the 4th largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres (6 miles long and 3 miles wide).  Besides being a popular fishing lake, the campground is centrally located for sightseeing other area attractions like Fayette Historic State Park, the legendary Kitchitikipi Big Spring and Pictured Rocks, and is only 1-1/2 hours from Tahquamenon Falls.

Indian Lake - Site map icon

Indian Lake South – Modern Campground Site Map

(click for full size map from DNR)

Comment from my friend, Carol:  “I totally loved this place! The campground had over the top fab views!”

Indian Lake - shoreline

Of course, beautiful Indian Lake is the main attraction

Here the campground offers a path with access to the lake between sites 96 and 98

Indian Lake - stairs to lakeshore

Stairs from the campground to the lakeshore

Indian Lake - dock

This little dock and its visitors was one of my favorite sit-and-enjoy sites

Indian Lake - lakeshore erosion

This poor tree adds visual interest but is evidence of the erosion of the lake’s bank here

Indian Lake - fork in road and bathhouse

Fork in the road separates the lakefront sites from the middle row sites – one of the 3 bathhouses shown.  I was impressed with the cleanliness of the facilities, the shower stalls were tiled and good sized with a wooden bench and hooks for hanging clothes.

Indian Lake - bathhouse & swings

For the swingers in the group.

Indian Lake - Row 15

Road showing far exterior sites on the right and middle row sites on the left

Indian Lake - Row 43-45

Further down the road

Indian Lake - Row 109

This shows the road of lakeside sites, with Site 110 being a large paved handicapped site

I have pictures of most of the individual sites here, so if you want to see a particular site not shown here, please ask for them as a comment below and I’ll post them separately.   And if you find this site helpful, I sure would appreciate your subscribing to receive updates as I create new pages.  Thanks!

CampButton    General Campground and Reservations Information:

There are a total of 145 sites, but some are set aside for tent use only.  Some RV sites have 50 amp electric service, but there is no water or sewer hookups at any site, so be sure to use the sanitary station at the entrance to dump and fill your fresh water tank.  Some sites are fully paved and some are grassy.

There is an additional $8.00 charge to make a reservation, and I found the DNR Reservations page to be pretty user friendly.  After you enter your desired dates, criteria and type/size of RV, you’ll get what sites are available to match your needs or be directed to a calendar to check alternate availability.

Reviews from other RVers:




Besides the great campground, the staff here and at nearby Fayette Historic State Park really went beyond the call of normal duty by helping me out when I lost my keys during a day trip.

You can read about that amusing (not so much then!) day on Malia’s Miles blog at Best Intentions and Keys Lost.  Thanks again, Pat & Randy!




All Michigan Miles Indian Lake pages:

General Campground Info Lakefront SitesInterior SitesPicture Requests
Palms Book – Kitchitikipi


I'd love to hear your own experiences about places I've been - and what you think are "must-sees" - and I really value any suggestions and feedback from readers, so please let me have your 2 cents in Comments below:

  • I absolutely love this website! The pictures are awesome and
    such a help when deciding on which sites will work for you and your family!  There are so many and such great shots, it
    makes you feel like you are almost there! And if you need any questions
    answered or need a picture of a site not shown-just email the website host—they
    are more than accommodating!!  

    • Michelle, you just made my day!  That’s exactly why I created my websites – to show the real deal on the sites and perceptions of what it’s like to actually stay at the parks.  Thanks so much and I hope you’ll come back and post about your own experience at Indian Lake.  My stay was way too short!
      Happy trails!

  • Shelley

    Thank you so much for putting together this wesbite with all the great pictures!! It’s so much easier to decide which park to visit and which lot to reserve with pictures!!! Hope to see many more Michigan state parks added in the future! 🙂

    • Shelley, your comments are appreciated and really matter to me, so thanks for taking the time to let me know I’ve made your planning easier. I have lots more great Michigan state parks to write about, so I hope you’ll subscribe either by email or RSS feed so you’ll know when I add new pages. The hardest part of doing these pages is deciding which pictures to use since I literally take hundreds during my visit to try to let people see what the campground and the sites really look like. So thanks again for the encouragement!

  • JG430

    Love the website. I found out more info here then on the actual dnr site. The family and I are going to be staying at Indian Lake campground in early July and I was wondering if you had a pic of site #8 in the South campground? Thanks again for the info!

    • Hi there. That’s a great compliment – and exactly why I put this website together – thanks! The only picture I have of #8 is already on the Interior Sites page – . I don’t remember any other info about this site (which is another reason I do websites – so I can remember when/where I’ve been). 🙂 But I know you’ll love Indian Lake. If you have any comments after your stay, would love to hear them!

      • JG430

        Oh geez I must have missed that pic, lol. Thank you for the link!

        • No problem – I miss (and lose) stuff all the time!

  • Lori L

    So glad I found your website! Thank you for taking the time to compile all this great info! I am heading to Indian Lake State Park the week of July 4th. We are going as a group. Could you provide a picture of site 116 and 114? I’ve been told you can walk right out to the lake. Also, are you able to reserve the ADA sites even though you are not in need of one? Thanks in advance for any helpful info you can provide!

    • Lori, I really appreciate your nice comments. It is a lot of work, but it’s just the kind of info I look for when trying to decide on a campground or site and I’m happy to provide it to others. I can tell you that I did like Site 114 – that’s me in it on the Lakefront Sites page- 🙂

      Here is link to a new page I started for Picture Requests – . I’ll include another view of 114 and a picture of 116 also. I’m sure your group will enjoy your stay! As for reserving ADA sites if not qualified, I’m willing to bet they won’t do that, but you should confirm with DNR Reservations online or by phone at 866-561-9703. Just out of curiosity, I entered your dates and a couple more but no such reservable sites were available.

      Thanks again!

      • Lori L

        Thank you for the pictures! We do have reservations on 116, 114, 112, 109, 108 & 107. Do have to give one site up due to one family member unable to go. I wasn’t sure if I should cancel 108 or 116. That’s why I wanted to see pictures. It looks like the trees block the view to the lake. Can you go through those trees and right to the water or do you need to go around to a path to get to the water? Just curious. We all have kids and were hoping to make it easy on all of us! Thanks again for the pictures!

        • Lori, from what I remember, there are many spots where the lake can be easily accessed (especially at the higher numbered lakefront sites), and there are a few paths and stairs directly to the lake. I just added a short video to the Lakefront Sites page – – that shows a panorama of the lake and ends showing where I was in 114. That’s one reason I take all these pics and videos – so I can remember what my CRS forgets! 🙂

          • Lori L

            Thank you for the video! We are so excited to go after seeing all the great photos and video!

  • JoAnn Pedrotte Baker

    We camping at Indian lake the end of july .Could you please post pictures of campsite 129-130- &131.thank u c u soon

    • JoAnn, I’m sorry, but I’m spending this summer in Yellowstone National Park and am having a hard time with internet access, especially uploading pictures. If I ever get to a spot with good enough access, I will upload pics I have of those sites on the Picture Request page, but I just don’t know how long that will be at this point. 🙁

  • Jeff Simpson

    Is the beach area Sandy or rocky? Kinda hard to tell from the pic.

    • Jeff, as best I can remember, it was sandy, but I never actually got into the water and my memory is not as sharp as it used to be. 🙂 I do remember it was a great place, though!

      • Jeff Simpson

        Thanks for the reply. Planning on heading up sometime this summer and try it out.

        • Cool – I bet you’ll enjoy it, but if you want to report back here on your experience, that would be great!