Otsego Lake State Park of Otsego County, Michigan
Take I-75 to the village of Waters and go W. to Old 27. Go N. on Old 27 three miles.
Otsego Lake-Foot Trail - (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
7136 Old 27 S.
Gaylord MI 49735
Phone Number: (989) 732-5485
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 62 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park
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. 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. 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.
Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.
- Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children. 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.
- Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers. Feature is ADA Compliant.
- Swimming - Otsego Lake Beach Information
- Fishing - Feature is ADA Compliant. 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.
- Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. Feature is ADA Compliant.
- Picnic Shelter(s) - Feature is ADA Compliant. Shelter is located right on the beach, and comfortably seats 50-75 people. For reservations contact the park.
- Hiking - Except for the foot trail to the picnic shelter in the day-use area, there are no established trails in the park. Some paths throughout the wooded areas, however, yield fruitful blueberry bushes and an opportunity to find the rare and protected wild orchid, more commonly called the lady's slipper. Remember to take only photographs of this rare and delicate protected flower.
- Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. Feature is ADA Compliant. In the day use area, there is a concrete pad two-lane boat launch and parking for boat trailers.
- Concession/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. Call 989-732-5786 for more information.
- Sandy Beach - An ADA accessible boardwalk leads to the North Beach swimming area.
- 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 statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
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