Hike and Camp at Sand Lakes Quiet Area

Broomhead Road Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

5 lakes, well-maintained trails, and camping sites are all available here. The ban on motorized activity helps immerse you in the outdoors.

Located in the Pere Marquette State Forest, Sand Lakes has numerous lakes and ponds, beaches, and hilly terrain for hiking and biking. There is a ban on motorized activity in the area, eliminating unwanted noise pollution during your stay.

A nicely maintained loop of the area starts at the Broomhead Road Trailhead, heading clockwise. This trailhead is also just over a mile away from Sand Lake No.1, where there are walk-in campsites and vault toilets if you choose to spend the night.

Photo Credit: Stephen


7.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

479 ft Gain




Camping, Mountain Biking, Hiking

Dog Friendly

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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Great Trails!

Great trails in the area! My girlfriend brought her golden and the both of them had fun playing in the water. Diamond Lake was the prettiest lake we saw, which was a natural spring. The water was so crystal clear that we had wished that we brought paddleboards for kayaks. We didn't camp but the sites looked pretty well maintained. All and all, it made for a nice day trip!

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