Indian Lake State Park

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

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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

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