Boating and Swimming in Grayling MI

There are public access locations throughout Crawford County for swimming and boating. Lake Margrethe has a public beach at the public campground off McIntyre’s Landing Road, M-72 West. Located at the southern end of the county, Higgins Lake offers two state parks with large beaches and wonderful swimming facilities. Jones Lake, Kneff Lake and Shupac Lake also have small public beaches for swimming.

There are boat launches located at Lake Margrethe and Higgins Lake for those with larger boats or for jet-skis. In order to  use these state forest areas you must have a “Michigan Recreation Passport“. Those are available to purchase at state parks, when renewing Michigan car registrations or when a state ranger is at the site. If there is no ranger when you arrive, they may put an envelope on your car and request that you purchase one by mail.

Jones Lake State Forest Campground

Recreation opportunities include fishing, paddle sports and watching wildlife. There is a small picnic area near the boat launch. There are 42 sites for tent and small trailer use. Camping is…


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Kneff Lake Campground

Kneff Lake is a designated trout lake and is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring. The lake is a 20-acre shared private, state and federal ownership. A beach area is available for swimming.

North Higgins Lake State Park

North Higgins Lake State Park – located along the north shore of Higgins Lake at the former site of the world's largest seedling nursery – is home to a modern campground, mini cabins, a…