Camp Cook Dispersed Campsite

Manistique, Michigan

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Overview

The campsites on the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District are located on inland lakes and are in a rustic forest environment with few, if any amenities. The rustic environment offers a wonderfully serene and peaceful setting for your next camping experience.

Recreation

Visitors will be able to enjoy swimming, berry picking, and fishing at these dispersed campsites. Licenses are required for fishing in Michigan waters. Some of these campsites offer only one site on these inland lakes allowing for a very peaceful and wilderness-like experience.

Facilities

Once the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp (established in 1934), Camp Cook offers 4 campsites that can be reserved singly or as a group. The large, grassy opening of site #4 makes it particularly well-suited for group gatherings such as scouts or family reunions. Its proximity to the Fishdam River makes it popular among anglers, and the drinking water and toilet are ideal for hunters looking to set up camp for deer season. Sites 1 and 4 are adjacent to one another; sites 2 and 3 are small and are suited for one family each. Trailers are not recommended in site #3.

Camp Cook does not offer swimming, but there is an excellent beach at Camp 7 Lake campground which is only two miles away. The Fishdam River provides opportunities for good brook trout fishing.

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

Lake Name Number of Sites Maximum number of people per site Toilets Boat Access Lake Size (acres) Camp Cook 1 8 Yes N/A N/A

Natural Features

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. There is one exception; Camp Cook, which is close to the Fishdam River and provides opportunities for good brook trout fishing.

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.

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