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Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground

30 sites on the sandy north shore of Big Bear Lake and on Big Bear Pointe for tent and small trailer use. 11 sites can accommodate 40-ft trailer/vehicle. Hiking and biking on Big Bear Lake Pathway. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.
Main Number: (989) 732-5485
LAT 44.9445016843 LONG -84.380201262699998
County: Otsego
Google Map of Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground
Driving Directions: Otsego County - 1.5 miles SW of Vienna Corners via Principal Meridian Road and Little Bear Lake Road.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Forest Campground
  • Total Number of Sites: 30
Offering: RUSTIC

Facilities at Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground

Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.: Big Bear Lake: Ramp at campground.
Gaylanta Lake: South end of lake.
Twin Lakes: West end of West Twin Lake, NE end of East Twin Lake.
Rustic Site:

Activities at Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground

Biking: Big Bear Lake (trail head at campground): 2.2 miles long in two loops, flat to rolling terrain.
Fishing: Big Bear Lake (on site): Panfish, Pike, Musky.
Gaylanta Lake (4.5 miles NE): Panfish and Pike.
Twin Lakes, East and West (6.5 miles SE): Panfish, Pike and Walleye.
Hiking: Big Bear Lake (trail head at campground): 2.2 miles long in two loops, flat to rolling terrain,
Buttles Road (6 miles SE, access from Buttles Road): 7 miles long in three loops, flat to rolling terrain, hike and bike.
Designated Watchable Wildlife Site: Deward Tract is a pristine stretch of the Upper Manistee River abundant in deer, raccoon, frogs, turtles, trout, kingfishers, wild turkey, woodland songbirds, and other wildlife (30 miles SW).

Trails at Big Bear Lake State Forest Campground

Phone: (989) 732-3541
Directions: Trailhead located at Big Bear Lake SF Campground
Not ADA accessible
2.2 miles, hike, bike, camp
Managed by: Gaylord Operations Service Center
Recreation Passport Required

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