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Camping at Crooked Lake Campsite

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Location and Access

Crooked Lake Campsite is located in the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Access to the campsite may vary seasonally, typically open from early spring through late fall. To reach the campsite, it's important that campers check the current road conditions and follow the appropriate forest road.

Campsite Facilities

Crooked Lake Campsite usually offers basic facilities, including:

  • Tent pads or designated camping areas
  • Pit toilets
  • Fire rings or grills
  • Picnic tables

Campers should be aware that running water and electricity may not be available at the site, so it's necessary to bring sufficient water and have a way to charge electronic devices without relying on campground facilities.


Crooked Lake and the surrounding area offer a range of outdoor activities, such as:

  • Fishing: The lake is known for its fish populations, including various species like bass and panfish.
  • Boating: Canoes and kayaks are popular on Crooked Lake. Motorized boats might be allowed, but it's essential to check any restrictions.
  • Hiking: The Hiawatha National Forest has numerous trails ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is rich in wildlife, providing opportunities to see animals such as deer, beavers, and a diverse range of bird species.

Reservations and Fees

Campsite reservations might not be required for Crooked Lake Campsite, as it could operate on a first-come, first-served basis. However, it's critical to check the latest information before your trip. There may be a nominal fee for camping, which federal passes such as the America the Beautiful Pass could cover or reduce.

Leave No Trace

Visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles. This includes:

  • Packing out all trash
  • Treating water before consumption
  • Being cautious with fire and ensuring it's completely extinguished before leaving
  • Respecting wildlife and observing from a distance
  • Minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment by staying on designated trails

Weather Considerations

The Upper Peninsula's weather can be unpredictable, and temperatures can drop significantly at night, even during summer months. Campers should come prepared for a wide range of conditions, including rain and cold temperatures.

Emergency Preparedness

Since Crooked Lake Campsite is in a remote location, cell phone reception might be unreliable. Campers should inform someone about their travel plans and expected return time. It's also wise to carry a basic first aid kit, map, compass or GPS device, and know how to use them.

Always check for the most current information on Crooked Lake Campsite before your trip. This might include new regulations, bear activity, fire restrictions, or changes due to weather. The U.S. Forest Service or the Hiawatha National Forest's official website can provide you with updates and additional information.

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