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The Grass Lake State Forest Campground is a very popular destination for camping, fishing, canoeing and other recreational activities.

The campground sits on 10 acres on the beautiful Betsie River and is nestled in a tract of 20,490 contiguous acres of state land south of US-31 and east of Thompsonville Highway (County Road 669). A total of 10,760 acres of this state land are in Colfax Township, including the campground.

  • Location: 10 miles northeast of the Village of Thompsonville, east of Reynolds Road at the end of Grass Lake Dam Road
  • Entrance fee: none
  • Camping fee per night: $13 (sorry, no senior discount)
  • State park motor vehicle permit: required
  • Local Contact Number: 231-631-9227
  • Traverse City Management Unit, phone number: 231-922-5280

Sites are available on a first-come basis (no reservations). There are 15 sites for tent and small trailer use. This is a rustic campground on the Betsie River with restroom facilities and water available by pump. There is no electric hook-up.

All vehicles operating in the campground must be licensed. ORVs/ATVs are not permitted to operate in the campground. Under the Benzie County ORV Ordinance, Grass Lake Dam Road east of the Betsie Road intersection is a closed road to ORVs. A sign is posted at this intersection.

Campground Features:

  • Pavilion for day use
  • Fire rings and picnic tables
  • Rustic hiking trails
  • Designated wildlife observation site
  • DNR boat launch with access to the Betsie River, Grass Lake and Pickerel Creek
  • Betsie River a designated trout stream
  • Grass Lake bass, bluegill, perch and pike fishing; nature preserve; wild rice planted by Ducks Unlimited for duck and goose hunting