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Otsego Lake State Park
Otsego Lake State Park
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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
Camping
Otsego Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757 155 site(s)Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms
Park Store
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.
Boating
In the day use area, there is a concrete pad two-lane boat launch and parking for boat trailers.
Fishing
For those without a boat, the park has an accessible fishing pier. Fishing is generally good year-round. Species include bluegill, perch, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and sturgeon.


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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.
Trails
Otsego Lake-Foot TrailTrail Length: 0.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Hiking
Area Attractions
Concession/Store:

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 22 We spent only one night by MKM
We had reservations for 3 nights we get to the park before 6 pm no one in the office. We had to register by phone with someone not even in Michigan. Then we could not buy any firewood because no one was in the office. We put up our tent on a slopped lot that was suppose to be level. The night was miserable the noise from loud boats, cars on the highway and cars and trucks on I 75 made us rise early pack up the tent cancel the next two nights and go back to Indiana. We had just spent 4 glorious nights in Wisconsin sorry this park was a huge disappointment. The only good thing nice restrooms.
September 25 Beautiful!! Clean!! Big sites!!
June 11 Beautiful State Park by Joan


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

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

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Otsego Lake State Park
Otsego Lake State Park