Camp Petosega

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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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.

Camp Petosega's cover photo

Employment Opportunities - Emmet County


Emmet County Parks & Recreation is looking to fill several positions, including:

* Headlands Evening Park Attendant
* Headlands Park Attendant
* McGulpin Point Lighthouse Keeper Docent
* McGulpin Point Lighthouse Gift Shop Retail Clerk
* Camp Petosega Park Attendant
* Park Campground Coordinator
* Crooked River Lock Attendant

Follow the link to read the job descriptions and to apply online --- Employment Opportunities Applications must be submitted online with an attached resume when possible. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations in the application process, call Human Resources at (231) 348-0675 Emmet County Job Application

EMMET COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION has just published a new brochure. Pick up copies at the Emmet County building visitor entrance, the Fairgrounds Parks and Rec office, the Headlands Event Center, area chambers of commerce and tourist information centers as well as dozens of other locations in the coming weeks.

Family time at Camp Petosega, June 2009

Gaggle of geese enjoying some family time at Camp Petosega on June 3, 2009

Camp Petosega Campground Petoskey Michigan on Pickerel Lake

WOW! It has officially been 1 week since our online reservation made it's debut and we have had over 500 reservations come in! We are so excited to see everyone this summer and if you have not made your reservation yet head over to our website and make yours today. Spots are going fast. Welcome to Camp Petosega Camp Petosega is a treasured family campground on the shores of Pickerel Lake in Emmet County, Michigan. With 90 campsites and seven rental cabins, families and individuals can find their perfect spot at this wooded, peaceful campground situated on 300 forested acres. Petose...

[02/21/19]   Thank you to everyone who continues to make our new online reservation system a huge success. We are looking forward to seeing you this summer!
A few helpful tips when making your reservation:

* The maximum consecutive nights on a single site is 7. Please do not attempt to reserve your site for more than 7 nights as the system will not allow that reservation to be completed.

* If you are having difficulty reserving a specific site or date please attempt to reserve a different set of dates or different site.

* If you are reserving multiple sites or dates within a single reservation the receipt you receive will show the first site and dates that you chose.

* If you are experiencing difficulties making your reservation please DO NOT MAKE MULTIPLE RESERVATIONS as you will be charged a separate processing fee for each reservation. Please call 231-347-6536 for assistance. We may be able to tell you why you are having those difficulties or possibly edit your reservation but we will not issue a refund of processing fees if you choose to make multiple reservation.

* Feel free to call us at 231-347-6536 at any time for assistance and keep those reservations flowing in!

[02/17/19]   Thank you to all that made this new online reservation system a HUGE success! We have received over 400 reservations over the last 2 days! Thank you so much for all the great feedback and we are looking forward to this amazing season!

Over 250 people joined us Saturday afternoon for the Ice Fishing for Kids event. We appreciate everyone who joined us and especially want to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors.

Camp Petosega's cover photo

[02/16/19]   Thank you all for making our launch of the new MySites online reservation system such a great success. We had an amazing first day with 362 reservations received, booking 1,575 nights. Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you all at the campground in 2019.

Camp Petosega's cover photo

Petosega Reservations

Our new reservation system is NOW LIVE at 2019 Season begins May 1! NEW Online Reservation System available February 15. More details coming soon!    

Saturday's weather forecast is looking good for our annual KIDS ICE FISHING event! As these photos from years past show, a happy experience is bound to be found on frozen Pickerel Lake ... hope you will join us for the fun this Saturday, Feb. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.

Emmet County Parks and Recreation is partnering with volunteers from Friends of Oden Fish Hatchery Visitor Center to host our annual FREE Ice Fishing Day for Kids at Camp Pet-o-se-ga located in Alanson, on Feb. 16, 2019, from 12-4 p.m. Kindergarten through 8th graders and their parents are welcome to join us for an afternoon of ice fishing that coincides with the DNR's free fishing weekend.

We supply the fishing gear, bait, hotdogs, other snacks and hot cocoa, while parents supply the warmly dressed kids! Please note: Parents must remain with their children throughout the event. If the outside temperature (including wind chill factor) is below zero degrees, the event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Volunteers from the Friends of the Oden Fish Hatchery Visitor Center will be helping kids with baiting and fishing.

From 2-3 p.m. join us for a Snowman Building Competition by the Rec. Hall, we will have a limited supply of snowman hats, scarves and carrots, so we encourage you to bring some of your own! A winner will be selected at 3 p.m.

Emmet County, Michigan

Lots of fun activities planned in 2019 at Emmet County's fantastic parks!

~~~ REMINDER ~~~

Camp Petosega's cover photo

If you're looking for a unique gift for the holidays check out the Out of this World Gift Shop at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, one of our other county parks!

Thank you for a great second weekend of trick-or-treating out at Camp!

Special thanks to Kilwin’s of Petoskey and Uncle Franks Apple Town for the generous donations!

What a great evening of trick-or-treating out at Camp. We hope you all had as much fun as we did and thanks for letting us capture the family fun!

A special thanks to Kilwin’s of Petoksey for donating ice cream and Johan’s Bakery for donating fresh donuts!

We can’t wait to do it again this Saturday, and hope to see you there! 🎃💀👽👻

Who’s ready for some trick-or-treating?! We’re patiently waiting..

Join us Saturday from 5-7 p.m. for some campground trick-or-treating, free and open to the public! Snacks provided!

Join us October 6 & 13 for campground trick-or-treating from 5 to 7p.m.! Driving through the campground will not be permitted during this time.

Campers are invited to decorate their sites and refreshments will be provided up by the Camp Store!

All are welcome!

[09/02/18]   Camper’s Halloween
Weekend will be
Oct. 6th & 13th
We still have sites👻🎃

This is just a friendly reminder with the holiday coming up that fireworks are not allowed at Camp Petosega. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Camp Petosega offers a free movie every Saturday down at the Pavilion starting at 8:00 PM. Check out the list of what's playing for July and come enjoy some free popcorn and a kid-friendly flick!

Petosega Sunset

[05/05/18]   Camp Petosega is now open for the camping season. The water is all on.
Sites 1-85 are $30.00 per night and
Sites 86-90 are $40.00 per night
Come out and enjoy Camp Petosega

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We have been advised the the Emmet County Administrative buildings are also closed today.

[12/23/17]   🌲We will begin taking reservations for the 2018 camping season
January 2nd at 8:00am.
Please do not leave reservation requests before 8:00am.⛺️

Trails are all groomed and ready for you to go snowshoeing and cross county skiing .....

Another huge Thank you to Jim and Denise for all the weeks of hard work to make Camp Petosega's Halloween weekend so special 🎃.

[10/09/17]   To all Camper: Water will be shut off for season October 18th.
Sorry for the changes.
Thanks again for another great season.

Halloween fun is fast approaching at Camp Petosega! Join us for the annual tradition of Trick or Treating through the campground on Saturday, Oct. 14.

New this year: Hot dogs will be provided at no charge, near the campground registration office.

Hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Vehicle traffic through the campground will not be permitted from 5 to 7 p.m.

Questions? (231) 347-6536 or email [email protected] (Note: water in the campground will be shut off on Sunday, Oct. 22, for the 2017 season)

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Family time at Camp Petosega, June 2009




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