Ely Lake Campground is a primitive campground located on Ely Lake and connects to 30 miles of horseback riding trails located in the Allegan State Game Area. Amenities include walking trails, a swimming beach, fishing, and non-motorized boating. The most beautiful and unique thing about Ely Lake is that the entire park is primarily wooded, providing for plenty of shade in the hot summer months and some spectacular foliage color in the fall. In keeping with the primitive setting, there are no modern restrooms or running water, but there are hand pumps and vault toilets. Ely Lake Campground is open year round and has some spectacular fall and winter camping available.
Length: 16 Miles
Type: Riding, Hiking
Camping: Yes! Ely Lake offers a quality camping experience that is close to town but has a definite backcountry feel. There are 73 campsites, all of which can be used by both equestrians and non-equestrians. Make a reservation and find more information at reserveamerica.com/campsites
Trailhead: Be sure to stop at the fee tubes and pay the $5/horse per day fee or purchase the $25 season pass available online for purchase at allegancounty.org/Fees
Special Note: All Allegan County Equestrian Trail System trails that are part of the Game Area will be closed to riding from November 15 to November 30 each year; this coincides with the firearm deer season.