East Lake Campsites

The East 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 East 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 dispersed campsites. Licenses are required for fishing in Michigan waters. 

East Lake has fishing for largemouth bass, perch, bluegill and bullheads. Boat access is located just past site 1. It is unimproved, shallow and sandy. Carry-in access is recommended.

Swimming at Site 3 is excellent, but is not recommended at sites 1 and 2.


There is NO drinking water at this location. There are primitive toilets located at sites 1 and 2.

Lake Name: East Lake

Number of Sites: 3

Max Number of People per site: Site 1 (24), Site 2 and 3 (8)

Toilets: Yes

Boat Access: Back-In

Lake Size (acres): 53

Natural Features

There are 3 campsites located on different shores of the 53-acre East Lake:

  • Site 1 is located in a wooded area, on a hill, overlooking East Lake. It is located on the western shore of the lake. The site is 100 ft. x 75 ft. and is suitable for three families. 
  • Site 2 is located on wooded site on the northeast side of the lake. It is 45 ft. x 35 ft. and would be suitable for one family. The access road to this site is narrow and winding, but can be traversed by small trailers.
  • Site 3 is located at an open area the extends into East Lake. It is 55 ft. x 50 ft. and is suitable for one family. Trailers are NOT recommended due to the very narrow and winding access road.

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.

Gasoline, groceries, fishing and camping supplies, boat rentals, ice and MDNR licenses are availalbe at Steuben, approximately two miles northwest, on County Road 437.


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

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

How do I make a reservation with East Lake Campsites?

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

Where is East Lake Campsites located?

The East 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 East Lake Campsites have tent or RV camping?

East 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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