This peaceful wooded group campground has a maximum capacity for 100 individuals and can accommodate up to 5 different Equestrian groups at one time. This campground is intended to be used for those group camping with horses. Options for those camping with horses are limited in the Pigeon River Country State Forest so equestrians rely upon this campground for use. If you are not camping with horses, please consider staying in one of our other state forest campgrounds. The group rate is $6 per person with minimum of 10 people. Amenities include vault toilets, firepits, a water pump that requires a 5000 watt generator, picket hosts and a manure bunker. There is also a large group fire circle and picnic shelter available.

Shore-to-Shore Trail
The state forest campground is a stop along the Shore-to-Shore Trail, a 420-mile trail system open to hiking and horseback riding, that stretches east-west from Empire to Oscoda with two additional northern and southern spur trails. The Michigan Trail Riders Association assists with maintenance of the trail.

Reservations Required
Group reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance by calling Otsego Lake State Park at 989-732-5485. Please have dates, payment information and the number of people staying each night prior to calling. If a group is planning a ride that will utilize multiple campgrounds along the shore-to-shore trail they should contact the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727 x. 6006.

This campground is maintained with the help of Michigan Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of America.

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Vanderbilt, MI 49795


Contact: (989)-732-5485

Length: 420-mile Shore to Shore trail system

Level: Unknown

Type: Riding, Hiking

Terrain: Hills, woods, meadows, fields, rivers


Camping: Yes!

(1 Group Site) $6 per person

Location: In Otsego County, 14 miles east of Vanderbilt via Sturgeon Valley Road, Twin Lakes Road and Osmun Road. 

Ride on designated trails only
The DNR, PRC Equestrian Council and the PRC Advisory Council are working together to provide increased equestrian access within the PRC. The goal is to provide safe trail riding that protects the environment while enhancing your trail experience. Illegal riding sets those efforts back. Please take the time to plan your rides using only trails open to equestrian use. Maps outlining those trails are available from the PRC Headquarters and posted in the campground. Pigeon River Country Equestrian Trail Map

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