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Otsego Lake is a quiet, secluded park with more than half a mile of sandy beach and large campsites.
Copyright: - Michigan State Parks & Forests
Otsego Lake is a quiet, secluded park with more than half a mile of sandy beach and large campsites.
Description - Otsego Lake was established as a state park in 1920. The 62-acre parcel was purchased very reasonably from a lumber company who had lumbered it off. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) built buildings and made other improvements to the grounds. The remaining CCC buildings are the pavilion in the center of the North Campground, a portion of the park store, and a portion of the South Campground toilet building.

Attractions - This small, secluded park is a wonderful getaway. Day and overnight facilities make for an enjoyable and memorable visit.

The day use area features a boat launch with parking for 32 boat trailers. Anglers typically snag bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, small and largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and sturgeon. Picnic tables, grills, shelters, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, and a long sandy beach round out a day of recreation.

Otsego Lake State Park offers three campgrounds open April 27 through December 2. The modern bathhouses are open from May 4 to October 15. Two-thirds of the 155 campsites are in the North Campground, which is known as the "highbanks." The terrain gently rises and the sites overlook the lake. The other one-third is in the South Campground and is lower and closer to the lake. The majority of the sites are large, flat and shady. There is one mini-cabin located on the lake in the South Campground, equipped with a picnic table, grill, handicap ramp, small deck, fire ring, two sets of bunk beds, and a table with benches for four people.

There are no designated hiking trails. However, there are paths in the wooded part of the picnic area where you can pick blueberries or observe rare wildflower species.

Recreation - Recreations available at Otsego State Park include swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, and cabin lodging.

Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Location - Otsego Lake State Park is located seven miles south of Gaylord along Old 27.

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Filed By: Jennifer (Sterling Heights, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I love Otsego! My family has been going there almost every year for about 50 years or so. We all love it. Most of the time we just hang by the fire, beach or head into town -- go to The Call of the Wild or just do a little shopping. All in all...it's just a great time!

Filed By: Otsego wannabee (Creeker, mi)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This park is awesome!!! The best end to camp on is the south end. You can park your boats near your site and swim or boat all day. The beach is usually filled with neighboring campers and friends made in past years. The beach is just a hop skip and jump away. The bathroom is centered well so its not far to walk too. If you don't feel like cooking order pizza from the HOLE IN THE WALL pizza shop. Its in Waters, MI near the 75 exit. It great, great pizza. My favorite is big ham and big mushrooms...Can't wait till July 15th....

Filed By: Kay Ann (New Hudson, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Otsego is an excellent campground... although one of the smaller ones, it has a very nice beach and the lake is very good for swimming, boating, and tubing. The beach varies from full sun areas to more secluded, shady spots down on the north end. The south campground is especially nice. My family takes an annual camping trip every summer and for the past 4 years have chosen Otsego, because it is such a great campground; I would highly recommend it.

More Information

Contact Information:
Otsego Lake State Park, 7136 Old 27 South , Gaylord, MI, 49735, Phone: 989-732-5485

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Northern Michigan - Flat agricultural and industrial lands of southern Michigan evolve into scenic rolling glacial hillsides covered with hardwoods and conifers and bisected by some of the state's largest waterways including the famed Au Sable and Thunder Bay rivers.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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