Old Orchard Campground
Beginning in 2021, Old Orchard Park Campground will no longer be a first come, first serve park. Sites will now be available on a reservation basis. Campers without a reservation may check for availability by stopping in our office or make a reservation online by clicking the “reserve now” button below to reserve a site.
In an effort to keep the public and our employees safe, the Park will be observing ALL social distancing guidelines and restrictions currently in effect, including the state mandated wearing of face masks inside all of our onsite buildings.
We invite you to visit or stay in beautiful Old Orchard Campground, which is one of the largest campgrounds in Northeast Michigan. Located within the Huron-Manistee National Forest, along the River Road Scenic Byway, the park which is nearly four miles long, overlooks Foote Pond, which formed after the construction of Foote Dam in 1916, on the AuSable River. The park is open from March 15 thru November 30 each year, with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities for all three seasons therein. This public recreation facility is part of a Consumers Energy Hydroelectric Dam Project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is operated under the authority of the Township of Oscoda.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410. Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Old Orchard Campground
- 525 licensed camp sites (Modern, Waterfront, and Primitive)
- Department of Health approved water system
- Seasonal sites
- Sanitary dumping stations
- Old-Fashioned General Grocery Store
- Large Pavilion
- Beach Area
- Boat Ramp
- On-site vendor rentals for motorized watercraft
- Sandy Beach area
- Shuffle Board
- Fitness Trail
- Nature Hiking Trail
- Rowboat and Paddle Boat Rental Program
30-day (monthly) sites will not be permitted between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
* Campers staying 21 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be required to moves sites after 21 days; (21 days on, 21 days off).
* Campers not moving unit after 21 days will be subject to fines and/or camping unit removal at the owner's expense.
* There will be an additional $30.00 late fee assessed for every campsite remaining beyond their expiration date.
The AuSable River provides excellent Bass, Walleye, Pike and Perch fishing! Pan fish are plentiful and can be caught anytime along the shores of the campground. Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Coho and Chinook Salmon are abundant in their spawning runs below Foote Dam, downstream from the campground.
Although there is no hunting allowed within the boundaries of the campground, there are thousands of acres of state and federal forests adjacent to the campground that provide a variety of game. An abundance of Oak, Evergreen, Birch and Poplar trees provide excellent feed and cover for deer, squirrel, rabbit, partridge and other game, and the sheltered waters of Foote Dam pond provides some of the best duck hunting in the area.
- Theme weekends
- Cartoons under the stars
- Scavenger Hunts
- Sandy beach
- Arts and crafts
Camper FAQ’s –
Q- How do I make a reservation?
A- the quickest and most efficient way is to book online by visiting our webpage and clicking on the “Reserve now” button. You may also call our office for further assistance.
Q- Can I still camp without a reservation?
A- If there are available sites that do not have reservations on them. However, you must contact the park office before setting up on a site.
Q- How many camping units can I have on a site?
A- You may have ONE wheeled unit (defined as a travel trailer/fifth wheel/pop-up, etc..) plus ONE tent or no wheeled units and only two tents.
Q- Do you have WIFI?
A- Yes the park has a WIFI provider inside our campground. There are informational signs located through the park to help you connect.
Q- Do you have Group camping?
A- Yes, we have waterfront and non-waterfront group areas. Both areas are rustic and have a minimum of three (3) campers with a maximum of eight (8)
Q- Do you have seasonal sites?
A- Yes we offer rustic waterfront and backlot sites. We also offer electric/water seasonal sites. Please refer to our rates page for pricing.
Q- Are pets allowed?
A- Pets are not allowed inside our cabins or yurts, however, pets are ok in the campground, please follow our pet rules and leash requirements for the safety of your pets and other campers.
Q- What are your check in and check out times?
A- Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 1:00 p.m.