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Burt Lake State Park, Indian River

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Burt Lake State Park is a 406acre state park in Cheboygan County, Michigan on the south corner of Burt Lake. The park has approximately a 2250 feet of sandy shoreline.Visitors enjoy camping, boating, fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and other activities. The town directly outside of the entrance to Burt Lake State Park is Indian River.Facilities and activitiesPlayground Hiking on one mile of marked trailCross-country skiing on ungroomed trailsFishing in the Sturgeon River and Burt LakePicnickingPicnic AreaPicnic Shelter Camping. The campground includes 306 modern and semi-modern sites and a minicabin.
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  • Very nice sandy beach. Water is shallow for some distance. Campground is currently closed for renovation. The closest town, Indian River, is very small town and quaint. 
  • This campground is in a perfect location if you plan on visiting mackinaw because .its only like 20miles away. The only thing that is not that good was the showers. They really didnt clean them very w...  read more »
  • Burt Lake State Park is one of our favorite places to camp. The sites are nice, the beach is nice, they have a separate dog beach. The sites aren't packed in there like most campgrounds. They're prett...  read more »
  • This state park is on the shores of sandy-bottomed Burt Lake in northern lower Michigan. It's quite large, with more than 300 camp sites. It's well laid out, with a mix of trailers, motor homes and tents. The facilities are quite adequate. Just outside the park is Indian River, offering canoeing kayaking and tubing. Petoskey is about 30 minutes away.
  • Spent a long holiday weekend up here and it was just what I was looking for and needed. I was full but really it didn't come across as 'packed'. vehicles would go by but not too many, and you didn't feel cramped at all. It's a pretty large grounds with a lot of mature growth in the back and opens up more near the lake side with far less shade, but seems more open. Easy walk to the lake anywhere on the grounds and boat ramp that's easy to use and available parking. I used the site more as a base to go out kayaking on the sturgeion river which was a great time. I saw many rafts going down as well and there is a local outfitter running them from different drop offs depending on your available time. The Sturgeon river goes under a bridge right by the entrance to the park and runs into Burt Lake close to the campground so can go out into the lake and then just pull up at the beach or boat ramp. I highly recommend the trip down river as it is mostly great views and river moves swiftly (in May anyway) with some tight bends and some low hanging trees and such to keep it interesting. As you get closer to the lake there is some build up along both shores but it's not so bad, The roads were good enough to ride a road bike back to the drop off for a pedal/paddle experience but I do recommend a wider tire style bike. There are bike paths to ride right out of the park to get to much of the commerce close by and can ride to some great bike trails nearby, but the trail itself is crushed limestome so not great for skinny tires.. Many things to do, many people doing them. Definately bring a bicycle with you as you can cover a lot more ground, bring a dirtbike as tomahawk orv trails are close by as well, or just go out and explore, just wish there were more views along the lake as you drive around. Get out there.
  • We go here every year and are always excited to go. The park is usually very well taken care of and boating on the lakes is excellent. You can take Burt lake through the rivers all the way to Lake Huron
  • Very Busy this week (Tuesday Even). Decent showers. Campsites pretty close together, but maybe that's normal.
  • Nice State Park with a great view! If you like wooded areas, there are plenty of lots with tree cover.
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