Brevort Lake

Brevort Lake

Sarah Mayhew, Education Coordinator at Little Traverse Conservancy, shares about “getting away” close to home.

I was once told that “an adventure is stopping at a place or driving down a road that you’ve passed a hundred times and never stopped.” That’s Brevort Lake for me.

In an attempt to not take where we call home for granted, my partner and I decided we would do camping adventures within a couple hour proximity to Harbor Springs, where we live. Having passed by the Brevort Lake Recreation sign dozens of times on my way to or from Marquette where I attended college, it was time to scope it out. At the risk of giving away my secret, it is a place I would highly recommend checking out! Note: Sites are first-come, first-serve basis. The bright side is there are several other State Forest campgrounds close to Brevort Lake in the event the campground is full.

I’m not one for state parks if given an option. I like a more primitive rural setting without the low drone of generators and close proximity to your neighbor. Admittedly, I also enjoy the convenience of some form of amenities and the comfort of knowing that you are not completely alone out there. State Forest campgrounds are generally my choice because they offer just that.

Located about 20 minutes west of the bridge is Brevort Lake Recreation Area.

10 Reasons I like this place:

  1. Most sites are located directly on the water
  2. The North Country Trail runs just outside the campground
  3. The lake is perfect for paddling and fishing
  4. Lake Michigan and the sandy US2 beach is 5 miles away
  5. It’s far enough away from the highway that you can’t hear the hum of traffic yet it’s close enough that you can buzz down to Gustafson’s store in Brevort for essential Yooper provisions like smoked fish, jerky, pasties (wrap in tinfoil and throw in the fire), cheese curds, and adult beverages
  6. It’s in the U.P. and has that slow paced vibe
  7. Dog friendly
  8. Not too far from home
  9. It’s gorgeous!

Many nights have been spent standing around the fire discussing life and being appreciative that this is where we live and taking a moonrise paddle while soaking up the summer sounds of Loons and Frogs on the lake. This campground makes for a nice introduction to the Upper Peninsula without having to travel too far or camping in general for those who are just getting started.



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