Camp Petosega

Camp Petosega


How’s it looking for Memorial Day weekend? Open or not?
do rent by the mouth
Does the rec center have air conditioning?
I'm very unhappy with your new online reservation system so far. Our family has held a large family reunion at Petosega for about the last 15 years. You told us about your new system, and that we had to wait until the 15th to reserve, so we patiently waited. We watched the clock waiting for midnight on the 15th, and within seconds every weekend is booked?! I'm sorry, I'm having a hard time believing this. I fear our family is going to end up finding a new venue for future reunions. Please help us remedy this.
Thank you Camp Petosega & staff for another great 2018 camping season! Sad to see it already come to a end. As regular campers to the campground, we feel Petosega is a nice facility to bring our family. The campsites are always clean & well maintained. We feel comfortable letting our children ride their bikes around the grounds & play at the playground without concerns. With time comes change, but we hope Petosega continues to be a well maintenance, affordable, family friendly for generations to come. The Ellis Family ❤️
Do you have a date for the Halloween weekend yet?
It would be awesome if there was a Christmas themed weekend during the summer, like “Christmas in July.” Decorate the campsites & campers can make food donations for a food pantry or something.
10th Annual Snowshoe Race - Keith Henning Memorial Race. Saturday, Feb 17, 8-10am. Cost $25. Call 348-5479 for more information. Please share this flyer with everyone.
Free Ice Fishing, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Open to all kids, K thru 8th. Call 348-5479 for more information. Please share this everyone you know who might like to attend.
10 years ago today I married the love of my life at Camp Petosega! Visited today to see the improvements! Thank you for such a beautiful place to hold our memories!
We are still accepting applications for full-time seasonal employment. If you are interested in a fun job that will get you out doors this summer call now for an application!
SPILSH SPLASH! The water is now on at all sites and the campground bathhouse :)

Camp Petosega is a family campground on Pickerel Lake that is open year 'round for camping and recreation! 90 camp sites, 7 cabins, beach, Cedar Creek

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Camp Petosega will open to the public on Monday, June 8!

Rentals have resumed for the park's cabins as well as campground sites. Health and safety restrictions will apply at all times. While at the park, please keep at least a six-foot distance between you/your family and other guests and staff. Additional health and safety guidelines will be posted at the park, including for use of the park's bathhouse. Recent restrictions on staffing at the parks means most of our seasonal employees are just getting started this week. We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments to keep our staff and visitors safe while allowing everyone to enjoy their time at Camp Petosega.

Due to the late start this season and other restrictions still in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have canceled Camp Petosega's annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast. We also plan to keep the bathhouse at the beach closed for now as our focus will be on frequent cleaning and disinfecting the campground bathhouse. There may be additional changes as time goes on and we figure out our best "new normal" at Camp Petosega. Help us keep the park open all season by reading and following notices posted around the park. Be safe, be courteous of others, and have fun!

Camp Petosega's cover photo

Emmet County, Michigan

We appreciate everyone’s patience as the 2020 opening of the lock was delayed this season due to the shutdown of county facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, we are excited to announce the season opening of the lock on Friday morning, May 22. The lock will be operational from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. from May 22 through June 28 with the full summer and fall schedule to be posted soon on the county website.

Unfortunately, Camp Petosega will not be able to open before Memorial Day weekend due to continued restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we know we will be closed through May 28. We are now working to process cancellations and refunds on all reservations for dates through May 28. Until the restrictions are lifted, we are unable to determine when Camp Petosega will open for the 2020 season. Continue to follow us on Facebook for updates.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we still have very limited staff. If you call the campground at (231) 347-6536, please leave a message if no one answers. If you want to inquire about a reservation, please email [email protected] and be sure to include the name your reservation is listed under and the dates of the reservation. It may take a couple of days to process the Memorial Day week cancellations. Your understanding and patience is most appreciated!

As soon as we get the go-ahead from state and local health officials, we hope to get Camp Petosega open!


Emmet County is now accepting applications for seasonal park staff who will help our visitors have a phenomenal experience this year at Camp Petosega!

Go to to apply!


For several weeks in the early summer of 2020, visitors to Camp Petosega will have to travel to the campground only from Pickerel Lake Road. Emmet County Road Commission has plans to replace the culverts on Banwell Road over Berry Creek, just north of Camp Petosega Road. Though the exact dates are not yet known, removal of the culverts and bridge installation is expected to take approximately four weeks, with the construction likely to begin in late June or early July, depending on weather. Emmet County residents visiting Camp Petosega will need to use Pickerel Lake Road as traveling to the park from the north will be restricted during the bridge work.
(To see more information about this detour, including a larger map, go to this link:

A young fisherman checks out the view through the ice during the Annual Kids' Ice Fishing event on Saturday afternoon at Camp Petosega, hosted by Emmet County Parks & Rec department and Friends of Oden Fish Hatchery.

(Photo by Nathan Burns, Camp Petosega manager)

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MANY THANKS to the awesome Friends of Oden Fish Hatchery who co-sponsored, with Emmet County Parks & Rec, today's Kids' Fun Day of Ice Fishing! Not only did the Oden crew send each kid home with their own ice fishing pole, but their expertise was invaluable in putting on another fun event at Camp Petosega! We appreciate their time and generosity each and every year!

KIDS ICE FISHING with experts from Oden Fish Hatchery is going on at Camp Petosega today until 4!

Get the kids outside for some fun today ... It's free and every kid gets a fishing pole!

[02/14/20]   Remembering back to last year's Ice Fishing event with this little video!
Don't miss out on this year's event SATURDAY, FEB. 15 from NOON TO 4 p.m.! The weather is looking great for another Free Fun Day for Kids at Camp Petosega with Oden State Fish Hatchery and Michigan Fisheries Visitors Center!

More info at the event page here:

Emmet County, Michigan

A couple of very cold days will lead up to our annual kids' ice fishing event, then temps are expected to be reach the high 20s on Saturday! This event is always a lot of fun ... and it's free!

Trails have been freshly groomed at Camp Petosega! Come on out and enjoy your county park!

BUNDLE UP AND COME ON OUT TO CAMP PETOSEGA! All the recent snow has made for some beautiful landscapes in Emmet County. Camp Petosega park manager Nathan Burns just finished grooming the trails and shared these photos. The trails are ready for all you cross country skiers, snowshoers and hikers. The ski trail starts at the Camp Petosega garage and makes a big loop through the old airfield with a spur trail going down through the campground to the creek.

Mark your calendar! The event is for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade and coincides with the Michigan DNR's free fishing weekend.

Those interested in reserving sites or cabins in 2020 may do so by calling the campground at (231) 347-6536 or by emailing [email protected].


16 New camp sites with electric RV hookups underway at Camp Petosega! @ Camp Petosega

Really peaceful sunset tonight along the shores of Pickerel Lake

Emmet County, Michigan

Tonight's sunset ...

Tonight's sunset over Pickerel Lake at Camp Petosega

Some photos from last Saturday's Halloween event ... we'll hold another Halloween celebration this Saturday, Oct. 12, with Trick-or-Treating from 5-7 p.m. throughout the campground. Hot dogs and drinks will be available in the registration office and and Haunted Trail (weather-permitting) opens from 7-9 p.m. Hope you'll join us this Saturday!

If you're interested in volunteering to help with the Haunted Trail, please call 231.340-1191.

Petosega to offer winter cabin rentals

Winter along Pickerel Lake ... ALANSON — Emmet County Parks and Recreation officials are offering expanded options to those looking to take advantage of winter recreation activities this year.

It's that time of year ...

July 2019
Photo by Nathan Burns, Camp Petosega Manager

Sun setting on Pickerel Lake and Camp Petosega yesterday evening.

(Photo by Nathan Burns, Camp Petosega manager)

[07/03/19]   UPDATE ON POWER OUTAGE -- Electricity should be restored now for the campground. We apologize for any inconvenience this morning's outage may have caused and appreciate your patience as we worked to get the problem resolved. Thank you!

[07/03/19]   NOTICE (8:45 a.m., July 3) -- We are aware there is a power outage at the campground and are working to determine the cause of the outage in an effort to get the power back on as quickly as we can. As soon as more information is available, an update will be posted here on Facebook. Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve the situation.

Breakfast with Pickerel Lake views!

It's an absolutely beautiful evening at Camp Petosega. It was a bit windy as the sun set, but then the wind died down and campers got their campfires going. Tomorrow evening's weather is supposed to be clear too. Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!

Pretty, indeed! Thanks for sharing!
All the best to the happy couple 🙂💖

Pretty setting for a rehearsal dinner!! 40x40 high peak at Camp Petosega 🍻

------- NOTICE -------
Emmet County Parks & Recreation has the following seasonal job openings:

*** Parks & Recreation Groundskeeping (1 full-time, 2 part-time)
*** Camp Petosega Recreation Attendant (1 part-time)
*** Crooked River Lock Attendant (1 full-time)
*** Parks & Rec Sales & Admin Coordinator (1 full-time)

Please visit the county's website to read the job descriptions and to submit an application at Other job openings in the county are also posted to that link.

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Family time at Camp Petosega, June 2009




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