Waterloo Recreation Area
Portage Lake Campground
16345 McClure Rd.
Chelsea, Michigan 48118

We Camped Here on...

09-12-03, 09-09-05, 10-6-07, 10-03-08, scheduled for 10-09

Park Description from the State website

Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000 acres, the park boasts two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, three rustic cabins, numerous equestrian trails and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.

Campground Info from the State website

Big Portage Lake and the Portage Lake Campground is open all year. 136 site(s), $24/$22/($16 semi modern-off season rate) Campsites with 50 amp Service, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Swimming

How to get to the Campground

Go west on I-94 to exit 150, Mt. Hope Road.  Go north on Mt. Hope Road three miles to Seymour Road. Turn left on Seymour and go two miles. The entrance will be on the right.
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Downloads from the web

Click here to download a nice printable map (Adobe pdf) of the Waterloo State Recreation Area which you can print.
Click here to display a large version (one that you can actually read) of the Campground map shown below. You can print the map by right-clicking on it and selecting print.
 Portage Lake Campground


Extremely poor Cingular cell phone service. Very nice, new restrooms. Great beach with clean, warm water.
Quickly becoming an October camping favorite. No reservations required at this time of year. Short drive to the wineries. Free wine tasting.

Personal Rating

From Alan: I like it. Close to home.