Camp Douglas Smith is on Hamlin Lake positioned almost midway between the shoreline towns of Ludington and Manistee. This position leads to great opportunity  for a large variety of activities.


Things to do at the camp


Your on a lakeside retreat; you do what you want!

  • Hike the trails in the camp or explore the nearby national forest
  • Hammock alongside the lake, book in hand, or taking a nap
  • Swim in our swimming hole
  • Rent a canoe or rowboat for a ride along the lake shore
  • Fish for sunfish, pike, or bass
  • Picnic on the shoreline
  • Have a late night bonfire and s'mores

Things to do in the surrounding area


Hamlin Lake offers plenty of local boat rentals, including kayak, canoe, and pontoon rentals.

Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals

Waterside Resort & Boat Rental

Sunset Bluff Resort Boat Rentals


Beaches & Parks

Right on the west shore of Michigan, we have many opportunities for beaches and parks!

Manistee National Forest--surrounds Camp Douglas Smith

Ludington State Park--37 min drive

Fifth Avenue Beach--33 min drive