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Pickerel Lake (Otsego) State Forest Campground

Phone number indicated above is for the Management Unit. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 39 sites for tents and moderate sized trailers located on Pickerel Lake with a good beach area and hiking pathway access. Universally accessible facilities available at campground. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.
Main Number: (989) 732-5485
LAT 45.177858573599998 LONG -84.517726953899995
County: Otsego
Google Map of Pickerel Lake (Otsego) State Forest Campground
Driving Directions: Otsego County - 10 miles NE of Vanderbilt via Sturgeon Valley Road and Pickerel Lake Road.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Forest Campground
  • Total Number of Sites: 41
Offering: RUSTIC

Facilities at Pickerel Lake (Otsego) State Forest Campground

Rustic Site:
Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.: Gravel ramp to Pickerel Lake at campground for electric motors or non-motorized craft only.

Activities at Pickerel Lake (Otsego) State Forest Campground

Designated Watchable Wildlife Site: This campground is set within Pigeon River Country, home to the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River. Several viewing sites have been established where elk are known to gather and can be often be viewed from the car along road routes. Some of the best viewing opportunities are in September and from late April to early May.
Fishing: Pickerel Lake (on site): Bass, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout.
Pigeon River (5 miles East): Brown/Brook/Rainbow Trout.
Hiking: State Forest Pathways:
Pickerel Lake (on site): 1.9 miles of wooded terrain with access from campground.
High Country (5 miles East): Over 80 miles of flat to very hilly terrain connecting 8 State Forest campgrounds winding through scenic Pigeon River Country.
Mountain Biking: State Forest Pathways:
Pickerel Lake (on site): 1.9 miles of wooded terrain with access from campground.
High Country (5 miles East): Over 80 miles of flat to very hilly terrain connecting 8 State Forest campgrounds winding through scenic Pigeon River Country.

Trails at Pickerel Lake (Otsego) State Forest Campground

Phone: (989) 983-4101
Directions: Trailhead located at Pickerel Lake SF Campground
Not ADA accessible
1.9 miles, hike, bike, camp
Managed by: Pigeon River Country Forest Mgt. Unit
Recreation Passport Required








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