Hike and Camp at Sand Lakes Quiet Area

Michigan Broomhead Road Trailhead

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5 lakes, well-maintained trails, and camping sites are all available here. The ban on motorized activity helps immerse you in the outdoors.

Located in the Pere Marquette State Forest, Sand Lakes has numerous lakes and ponds, beaches, and hilly terrain for hiking and biking. There is a ban on motorized activity in the area, eliminating unwanted noise pollution during your stay.

A nicely maintained loop of the area starts at the Broomhead Road Trailhead, heading clockwise. This trailhead is also just over a mile away from Sand Lake No.1, where there are walk-in campsites and vault toilets if you choose to spend the night.

Photo Credit: Stephen

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  • Hiking boots
  • Biking gear
  • Camping gear
  • Water
  • Sun protection
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Activities:

Camping, Hiking, Mountain Biking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

7.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

479 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake

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7 months ago

Great Trails!

Great trails in the area! My girlfriend brought her golden and the both of them had fun playing in the water. Diamond Lake was the prettiest lake we saw, which was a natural spring. The water was so crystal clear that we had wished that we brought paddleboards for kayaks. We didn't camp but the sites looked pretty well maintained. All and all, it made for a nice day trip!

7 months ago

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