The campsites on the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District are located on inland lakes and are in a rustic forest environment with few, if any amenities. The rustic environment offers a wonderfully serene and peaceful setting for your next camping experience.
Visitors will be able to enjoy swimming, berry picking, and fishing at these dispersed campsites. Licenses are required for fishing in Michigan waters. Some of these campsites offer only one site on these inland lakes allowing for a very peaceful and wilderness-like experience.
There are two primitive campsites located on the 25 acre Mowe Lake. The access road is narrow, but capable of handling moderate sized vehicles and trailers. No water is provided at this site, but there is a primitive toilet.
Site #1 is located in a semi-open area bordered by hardwood trees. It is 60 ft. by 40 ft. and suitable for one family and trailer. A primitive toilet is shared with site #2.
Site #2 is similar to #1 in layout, but slightly smaller in size. It is suitable for one family and trailer. A primitive toilet is shared with site #1.
Neither site on Mowe Lake has a good swimming area.
There is an unimproved boat access located across the road from site #2. It has a sand base and is recommended for small boats and trailers only.
Mowe Lake contains northern pike, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed and yellow perch. Surveys indicate a good, healthy fishery.
Groceries, gasoline, fishing and camping supplies, boat rentals, ice, MDNR licenses, deli, and restaurants are available approximately six miles northwest on Forest Highway 13.
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All of these sites are nestled in hardwood trees and pines. All of them are on small inland lakes, which offer a wide variety of fishing opportunities. There is one exception; Camp Cook, which is close to the Fishdam River and provides opportunities for good brook trout fishing.
There are a number of horse, bike, and hiking trails within minutes of several of the sites. In over a mile from these campsites, visitors can expect to find: bait shops, general and grocery stores, gas, a pay phone, trailheads, a fishing pier, biking, and kayak/canoe rentals.From the Intersection of US-2 and Forest Highway 13 (about 14 miles east of Rapid River), drive north 19 miles on Highway 13 to CR 440. Turn right (east) and drive 3.5 miles to FR 2209. Turn right (southeast) on 2209 at the Big Springs North Trailhead and drive 0.4 mile to FR 8104. Turn right (west) and drive about 0.6 mile to the campsites.906-474-6442 OR 906-387-2512N