Haymarsh State Game Area Campground

The Haymarsh State Game Area Campground is OPEN.

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20500 140th Ave
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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Haymarsh State Game Area is known for the wide range of opportunities it has to offer the outdoor enthusiast.

Whether you visit to hunt, fish, camp, or view the wildlife, we think you'll find just what you're looking for at the Haymarsh!

Haymarsh Lake was a series of six small bodies of water until in 1949 the Department of Fish and Game built a concrete dam six feet deep where a beaver dam once stood. Haymarsh Lake now has 375 acres of surface water that includes the original six lakes, some 18 to 30 feet deep, surrounded by shallow flats, ranging from four to six feet deep.

The dam is about 120 feet long and stands six feet above the spill way. The impoundment offers a large variety of fish including Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Bluegill and Pumpkinseed Sunfish.

Lake Maps are available here from the DNR website

In addition, the campground offers access to some of the best public hunting opportunities in the County. There is an abundance of deer, waterfowl and small game.


There are 19 Rustic Campsites, which are operated on a first come first serve basis. Guest may pay with cash or check by utilizing the fee pipe payment system on site. A Group tent-camping area is available for reservation by contacting the parks administration office at 231-832-3246.

Click here for a map and rules listing for the State Game Area from the DNR website.


Rustic Camping
Vault Toilets
Hand Water Pump
2 Boat Launches

For additional information please contact the Mecosta County Parks Administration Office.