Chicago Lake Campsites

The Chicago Lake Campsites location is in Rapid River, Michigan
49878. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Chicago Lake Campsites facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District
8181 Us Hwy 2
Rapid River

Phone number
906-474-6442 OR 906-387-2512


Campground information Rapid River, Michigan


There are many campsites on the Munising and Rapid River/Manistique Ranger Districts of the Hiawatha National Forest. Many are located on inland lakes and are in a rustic forest environment with few to no amenities and no drinking water. The rustic environment offers a wonderfully serene and peaceful setting for your next camping experience. 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.


Visitors will be able to enjoy swimming, berry picking, and fishing at these campsites. Licenses are required for fishing in Michigan waters. 

Swimming conditions vary by site.

  • Conditions are the best at sites 3 and 4. 
  • Conditions at site 2 are considered fair.
  • Conditions at site 1 are conisdered poor.

The road leading to sites 3 and 4 are shared by anglers using the public boat launch into Chicago Lake. This boat launch is located adjacent to Site 4 and features an improved gravel ramp for accessing the abundant population of northern pike and bluegills. Largemouth bass and perch are present in smaller quanities.


There are primitive toilets available at site 2 and between sites 3 and 4.

There is NO drinking water.

Lake Name: Chicago Lake

Number of Sites: 4

Maximum Number of People Per Site: Site 1 (8), Sites 2-4 (16)

Toilets: Yes

Boat Access: Back – In

Lake Size (acres): 188

Natural Features

Chicago Lake (188 acres) hosts four campsites and an improved boat launch, all clustered around its north end. 

  • Site #1 is a small site in a heavily wooded area and offers lots of privacy from adjacent sites and campers. It measures 20 ft. x 15 ft and is suitable for one family only. The access road is poor and 4 wheel drive vehicles and tents are recommended.
  • Site #2 is a larger site in an open area, measuring 55 ft. by 45 ft. It can accommodate 2 families and trailers. There is a primitive toilet at this site. 
  • Site #3 is a larger site surrounded by tall pines and is near the lakeshore. It measures 60 ft. by 50 ft. and is suitable for two families. However, trailer access is difficult because of limited turning area. 
  • Site #4 is a semi-open area that measures 55 ft. by 50 ft. It can accommodate two families and trailers. A primitive toilet is shared with site #4. 

There is a boat launch located adjacent to site #4 and features an improved gravel ramp for accessing Chicago Lake.


For local information, please call (906) 474-6442 or call (906) 387-2512 for general information.

Nearby Attractions

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.

Groceries, gasoline, fishing and camping supplies, ice and deli are available seven miles Northeast on County Road 437 in the Thunder Lake Area.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District Rapid River, MI

How do I make a reservation with Chicago Lake Campsites?

To make reservations at Chicago Lake Campsites, you can call the office at 906-474-6442 OR 906-387-2512.

Where is Chicago Lake Campsites located?

The Chicago Lake Campsites is located at Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District 8181 Us Hwy 2 in Rapid River,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Chicago Lake Campsites have tent or RV camping?

Chicago Lake Campsites offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 906-474-6442 OR 906-387-2512 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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