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Ambrose Lake State Forest Campground

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Other Names

Ambrose Lake Trail, Ambrose Lake To Rose City Trail, Ambrose Lake To Ogemaw Hills Trail, Ogemaw County, Michigan Cross County Cycle Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

Located on Ambrose Lake with boating and fishing access, this campground offers rustic lake front camping plus direct access to about 9 miles of ATV trails that eventually connect to the Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail.

The campground has about 19 primitive sites and most will accommodate a 40 foot vehicle/trailer. There are no RV hookups but the campground does have vault toilets and potable water from a hand pumped well. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only, with no reservations.

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Permit RequiredYesMI ORV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoMI ORV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (94 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesProhibited
MX Helmet RequiredYesrequired by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Ambrose Lake State Forest Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityRose City, MI
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Rose City, MI
1) Take Rose City Road, west about 5 miles
2) Turn left (south) on Piper Lake Road, continue 1 mile to staging area.


Contact InfoRoscommon Field Office
(989) 275-4622
Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMI ORV Sticker Info



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Approx Size2,500 acres (4 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail23
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 1400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has some single track trails.Somenot quite single track, but often narrow (50 inches wide)
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis state forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Rose City BP (989) 685-3333
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Shell (989) 345-1693
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (S)Greenwood Campground (989) 345-2778
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (S)Greenwood Campground (989) 345-2778
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Rose City BP (989) 685-3333
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