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Camping season is from May 15th to October 15th. Reservations are accepted with a deposit after January 1st. Regular reservations must have one (1) night paid in advance. Holiday weekends require two (2) nights paid in advance. Holiday deposits are non-refundable.
The Alpena County Parks Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Howard Male Conference Room in the Alpena County Courthouse Annex Building, 719 Chisholm Street, in Alpena.
The Alpena County Parks Commission welcomes you to all of our parks. We are proud to provide the following parks to the community, and hope you are able to find time to camp at each park. We also hope you enjoy your stay and come visit the parks again!
Located off M-65 on Leer Road, this site was first developed as a state park. Sunken Lake Park is the county’s largest park, boasting 160 acres of serene beauty, virgin timber, and walking trails that lead to unending discoveries of wildlife, generous scenery, and hours of relaxing escape. Sunken Lake offers modern camping sites and also a primitive area. Nature offers much in this park, unique rock formations, historic sinkholes (see below), and relics of the lumbering era are to be found. A fine picnic area is available and fishing from the rustic covered bridge will offer many hours of relaxation away from the present pace of today’s world. A warm welcome awaits the nature lover, bird watcher, rock hound, and all for a step into our past. The natural beauty is here from early spring through the fall color season.
Just off US-23 north of Alpena and on County Park Road, this modern campsite park is located on the shores of Long Lake. Camping, swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking through an area set aside for nature study are just many of the activities awaiting campers. Long Lake Park is an ideal vacation center for touring the surrounding historic areas such as Besser Natural Area (see below) or the many lighthouses located on Lake Huron north of the park. The park also features a day use area and beautiful beaches with parking area and picnic sites away from the camping grounds. Fishing is fabulous, especially with the recent stockings of walleyes in the lake!
On the shores of beautiful Beaver Lake, off M-65 and west on Beaver Lake Park Road lies Beaver Lake Park. The lake is spring-fed, unusually clear, and one of the deepest lakes in the state. This site is surrounded by hilly and rolling land and is in the center of an area that abounds with deer and wild turkey. Large virgin oaks cover the hills and ridges and provide cover and feed for the game. Fishing, boating, swimming, and modern campsites are available. A self-contained A-frame cabin for getting the rustic feel of camping without the hassle of setting up a camp is available for the less adventurous who still want to enjoy camping in the great outdoors. For your teenagers, the park boasts a new teen activity center with games and fun. From spring through fall the park has a great deal to offer the visitor, its location offers an outstanding sight during the fall colors.
Beaver Lake Park
Managers ( Earl and Marcia Martin)
17354 Beaver Lake Park Road
Manning Hill Park
Manning Hill Park
Located 18 miles west of Alpena on M-32 between M-65 North and M-65 South this roadside park features a beautiful view, small pavilion, picnic tables, and rustic restrooms.
The Alpena County Parks and Recreation Commission oversees all the County Parks including Beaver Lake, Long Lake, and Sunken Lake Park. The camping rates are reviewed, regulated and adjusted as needed by the Parks and Recreation commission on an annual basis. Once the rates have been implemented, they will be updated and posted for each park.
Camping facilities available from May 15 until October 15th annually. Reservation are accepted after January 1st each year and a deposit of one night stay is to be paid in advance. Holiday weekends require a two night stay to be paid in advance. Seasonal reservations can be accepted anytime for the current or future camping season.
If cancellation of a reservation is necessary a $10.00 cancellation fee will be charged and the remaining deposit will be refunded. On Holiday weekends when a two night deposit is required, these cancellations are non-refundable. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Approved by the Alpena County Parks and Recreation 9/14/16.
720 W. Chisholm Street
Alpena, MI 49707