Big Oaks is a hilly, secluded equestrian campground on beautiful Avery Lake. It is located in Montmorency County, just 10 miles southwest of Atlanta via County Road 487 and Avery Lake Road.

This rustic campground has plenty of opportunities for equestrian riding, hiking, boating and fishing. The facility includes buddy sites, a manure bunker, dumpster, vault toilets. One of the wells is solar powered but can also be powered by a 2,500 watt generator if needed. There is also a hand water pump near the registration kiosk. All sites have picket posts and site 10 has has corrals for two horses. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No Reservations.

This campground is maintained with the help of the Alpena County Horseman’s Club.


5472-5759 Avery Lake Rd
Atlanta, MI 49709


Contact: (989)-785-4388

Length: 26 Miles

Level: Unknown

Type: Riding, Hiking, mixed-use (motorized and non-motorized)

Terrain: Hills, woods, logging roads

Parking/Staging: An equestrian trailer parking lot is available on-site.

Camping: Yes! Open from November 1st to April 15th.

Recreation Passport: Required 

Trail: There are 26 miles of mixed-use trails (motorized and non-motorized) available to equestrians. Many of the trails consist of logging roads. An equestrain trailer parking lot is available on-site. 

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