Pontiac Lake

Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground Review

Pontiac Lake

Review of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Campground

August/September 2011 – 15 Nights


The atmosphere inside the campground is great. There is an East loop and a West loop. Most of the campsites are private and not connected to the neighboring campsite. We stayed on site 116 the first week and then moved to site 118 for the second week. There are two separate loops and both appeared to have nice campsites. The campground is separated from the recreation area so you do have to drive to the lake and beach. The campground is definitely a little older but does have more of a rustic camping feel because it is surrounded by woods. There is huge day use area that you have to drive to separate from the campground, but it has a massive beach with plenty of parking.

Campsite Spacing

Campsite spacing is great. As I said above most campsites are private and separated by either brush or trees. Any of the campsites that are close would be sites on inner loops but most either have a good distance between them or have some type of barrier of brush or overgrown weeds.

Campsite Quality

There is a mix of campsites. All sites have a paved back-in drive way and are either grass or dirt. Most are grass but the sites that are surrounded by fully grown trees are dirt. The campfire rings are nice like most of the Michigan State Parks. Most sites appeared to be fairly level from side to side but some of the sites do have quite a bit of slope from front to back. One negative thing that some people might find about some of the sites is the location of the shore power. The shore power was typically between sites and both sites would plug into the same outlet post meaning depending on what site you were you may have a pretty long reach out the front side of your camper to get power. We had to use almost all of our 50ft extension on top of our main 25ft power cord to plug in.


There lots of trail options at this park. Hiking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding and all three have their own dedicated trail system. I’ve raced my mountain bike at Pontiac Lake in the past and the trail is fantastic. I did a little bit of mountain biking and took the boys on some short hikes from the campsite. One evening I jogged the hiking trail from the campground over to the beach which turned out to be a real nice workout with a couple of the hill sections.


Pontiac Lake is accessible for both small fishing boats and ski boats. We spent an afternoon out on a friend’s 17ft Fourwinds and we had a great time. The 17ft open bow boat was a perfect size for Pontiac Lake.


We did not do any fishing.


The kids enjoyed the park and hiking down the trails. The one negative thing I would say is that vehicle traffic in the park was very fast. People seemed to drive through the park really fast. I’m not sure why this was different from other parks but the vehicle speed through the park was definitely bad enough for us to not let the kids ride their bikes on the campground road.

Overall Comments

Overall, this was a great park and we really enjoyed the stay here. We really liked the more rustic feel to it and the nice separation between campsites. We will for sure camp here again.

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