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Otsego Lake State Park
Otsego Lake State Park
7136 Old 27 S.
Gaylord, Michigan   49735

Phone: 989-732-5485
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Otsego Lake State Park
'Otsego Lake'

Otsego Lake State Park is a charming and popular family park easily accessible to I-75 and Gaylord, "The Alpine Village." The park is shaded with large oak, maple and pine. It encompasses 62 acres and provides more than a half mile of sandy beach and large sites near or within sight of the lake. O
History of the Area
Otsego Lake was established as a state park in 1920.

The property was purchased very reasonably from a lumber company who had lumbered it off. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Crop (CCC) built buildings and made other improvements to the grounds. The remaining CCC buildings are the pavilion in the center of the North Campground and a portion of the South campground toilet building. 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 are in the South campground and are lower and closer to the lake. The majority of the sites are large, flat and shady.
Otsego Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757 155 site(s)Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms
In the day use area, there is a concrete pad two-lane boat launch and parking for boat trailers.

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Day Use Area
Beach shelter is located right on the beach, and comfortably seats 50-75 people. Electricity is available. Vehicle access is allowed to the beach shelter. The Point shelter is located in the picnic area and seats 50 to 75. There is no electricity to this shelter and vehicles are not allowed at this shelter. For reservations contact the park. There are two playgrounds in the park one at the North Beach and one in the day use area, which includes volleyball and horseshoe courts. An ADA accessible boardwalk leads to the North Beach swimming area.
Otsego Lake-Foot TrailTrail Length: 0.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Area Attractions

Boat rentals are available from the concessions area. The Otsego Lake Park Store offers hand-dipped ice cream, soda, candy, pizza, subs along with T-shirts and sweatshirts. The store is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Call 989-732-5786 for more information.

Metal Detecting Areas:

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statues. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 25 Beautiful!! Clean!! Big sites!!
June 11 Beautiful State Park by Joan
November 2 Wonderful Place to Camp
We first came to Otsego Lake State Park almost 30 years ago. The park is lovely, the lake is beautiful and clean, the campsites are roomy, there is a wonderful bluff overlooking Otsego Lake at the north end of the park, and nearby Gaylord offers all the benefits of a small city. We love Otsego Lake State Park and always look forward to camping there.
May 2 osego by firstkirsten
this park is so totaly awesome!!!!
July 31 Family Favorite by Whitman Clan
My in-laws and family have been going to Otsego since my mother-in-law was a little girl. Now, my husband and I have been gooing since we started dating, married and had a family, over 30 years. We love it there. Now our kids are going. They come up when were camping. We love everyting about the campground. The Rangers are friendly, the bathrooms are kept clean, the park is just awesome.
April 22 Live close by and use this park often
We have traveled from one state park in Mi. to another for almost 25 yrs. Otsego State Park is excellent. With the additions of the boardwalks close to the beach from the camping sites, is definitely a plus. It is close to Gaylord, Mi. (less than 10 minutes) to shop at WalMart, other grocery stores, movies, eating out. The lake that the park sits by is filled with great fishing, and swimming is also popular from the nice beach area/store. There are not many drivetru sites, but the sites are not small, and many are facing the water from the bluff. I highly recommend this park!!

Area Campgrounds
Gaylord KOA
5101 Campfires Parkway
Gaylord, MI
Whispering Pines Family Campground
Highway C-38
Mancelona, MI
Weather Forecast, (49797)

Take I-75 to the village of Waters and go W. to Old 27. Go N. on Old 27 five miles.

USA Parks
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Northeast Region
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Otsego Lake State Park
Otsego Lake State Park