Pinckney State Recreation Area

Maps and Area Guide

Recreation Passport:

The Recreation Passport is required for all Michigan state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches, harbors, and more. Visit for more details and to purchase.


Bruin Lake:
Registration Office: 8am-9pm, summer. In the spring and fall, self-registration envelopes will be available for use in conjunction with the Yellow Phone. Campsite: Check-in 3pm, Check-out 1pm. Overnight Lodging: Check-in 4pm, Check-out Noon.

Alcoholic Beverages and Marijuana Use:

You may not possess or consume an alcoholic beverage at the rented shelters in the Silver Lake and Halfmoon day-use areas April 1–Labor Day without written authorization of the park manager. Despite the change in law, the use of marijuana in public is still not legal or allowed.


Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash and must never be left unattended. Animals are not allowed in any designated beaches and are not allowed in any state-owned buildings. Please clean up after your animals.

Special Camping Rules:

Campers may not camp for more than 15 consecutive nights. Campsites must be occupied each night. Quiet time is all the time. Noise levels must be controlled at all times so as not to disturb other campers. Visitors must leave the park by 10pm. Two vehicles allowed per campsite. Fireworks are not permitted.

Michigan State Parks Swimming, Boating, and Water Safety:

The Great Lakes are powerful bodies of water. DO NOT swim near or jump off break walls or navigational channel walls. Always pay attention to changing conditions and the beach flag warning system found in designated buoyed swim areas. Before heading out, visit

Record-high water levels are causing increased river flows, submerged docks and piers, swimming and boating hazards, and other concerns. Learn more about the effects of high water and how to stay safe at

Don’t Move Firewood! Help Protect our Michigan State Parks and Campgrounds!:

Invasive insects and diseases have destroyed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan, often after hitching a ride on firewood. Purchase only certified heat-treated firewood at the park or nearby vendors. If you don’t use it all, don’t transport it or take it home with you. Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended.

Michigan State Park Gear and Merchandise:

“These Goods are Good for Michigan” is a collection of partners who work with the Michigan DNR to support parks, trails, and waterways through the sale of products and services. Visit

Give the Gift of Outdoor Recreation:

Want to give a camping or boating trip to your favorite outdoor enthusiast? Purchase a Michigan state park and harbor gift card or electronic card. Visit or call 517-284-7275. 

Overnight Lodging Facilities:

Want to go camping but don’t own a tent or camper? There are many options available at Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, including: cabins, yurts, safari-style tents, or lodges and cottages with many of the amenities of home. Visit 


Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). For more information, visit

Contact the Park:

Pinckney State Recreation Area:
(734) 426-4913
8555 Silver Hill Road
Pinckney, MI 48169

Bruin Lake Campground:
21237 Kaiser Road
Gregory, MI 48137

Welcome to Pinckney State Park

These businesses welcome you and wish you an enjoyable stay.

Country Pub Food & Spirits

JR’s Concession

Lloyd Bridges Traveland

N & K Marine

Screams, Hell & Halloween

Unadilla Store

Waterloo Natural History – Eddy Discovery Center