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Swains Lake County Park & Campground


Camping Fees 2023

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  1. Baseball / Softball Diamond
  2. Basketball Court
  3. Boat Launch
  4. Campsites
  5. Fishing
  6. Horseshoe Pits
  7. Picnic Areas
  8. Picnic Shelters
  9. Playground
  10. Restrooms
  11. Swimming Area
  12. Trails
  13. Volleyball


56 modern campsites are available with water and electricity at this beautiful 26 acre park. At Swains Lake Campground, you’ll enjoy a campsite overlooking the lake which is shaded by sprawling trees – it’s like being in the middle of the forest, but with the amenities you desire. Explore the area by taking a hike on the nature trails, or go for a bike ride on the near-by Falling Waters Trail. Launch your boat directly from the park for a day on the water. Don’t forget your fishing gear because this lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is ideal for shore fishing. An 18-hole golf course is located across the street.


For pre-season reservations, 1st business Monday in January until the Friday before Memorial Day, please call 517-788-4320.

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is prohibited in all areas of the park except by registered campers who are 21 years of age or older on their immediate campsite. (Jackson County Parks and Recreation Commission Ordinance Chapter VIII, Section 3, Paragraph A and B).

Park Rules

  • Park hours are dawn to dusk
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • All vehicles in designated parking areas only
  • Domestic pets and service animals are welcome. Pets must be on a leash no more than six feet in length and under your immediate control at all times. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pets, keeping your pets from disturbing wildlife, and keeping your pets from disturbing visitors
  • Swim at your own risk - no lifeguard on duty
  • In case of emergency - Dial 911

Camping Rules

  • Check-out time is 11 a.m., Check-in 1 p.m.
  • No refunds due to bad weather
  • Occupancy limited to one family (two adults and immediate children) to one campsite; or, up to four adults. Only one camper and tent OR two tents maximum to occupy one campsite. Each vehicle must be registered on the written permit. 1 vehicle per site.
  • Campers are not permitted to camp for more than 10 consecutive nights. A new camping permit can be issued after 24 hours has elapsed form the previous permit.
  • Do not set up campers/tents until a campsite is assigned and fees are paid.
  • Visitors must park in day use parking area and leave by 10 p.m.
  • Alcohol is ONLY allowed at registered campsite by registered campers who are at least 21 years old.
  • All rules are subject to change at any time for the protection of the campground. Choosing to violate any of Jackson County Parks’ rules may results in eviction and/or prosecution. A full list of rules will be available upon check-in.


Frances Mille Dodes sold approximately 25 acres to Jackson County on December 21, 1926 for $5,000. Swains Lake became a county park on December 18, 1968 when the Jackson County Road Commission signed over the land to the County of Jackson. The lake is named after Isaac N Swain, whom owned property on the lake.