Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga: A 300-acre forested park on the shores of Pickerel Lake



Campground and Park Office
11000 Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga
Alanson, MI 49706
Phone: (231) 347-6536

Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga has 90 campsites with electricity and water, modern restrooms and showers, seven rental cabins (open year round), playground equipment, and open field game areas. The park also has a recreation hall/multi-use building which can accommodate family reunions, weddings, receptions, and meetings and an open-air pavilion where movies are played on Saturday nights through the summer season.


Open Telescope Nights at Petosega during Summer 2014!


Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga will host Open Telescope Nights once a month during the summer, offering campers and the public a chance to look skyward and some celestial objects not readily visible to the naked eye! Please note these events are not taking place at Headlands, as we bring dark-sky awareness to other county properties in the spirit of night-sky protection!

The remaining telescope nights will take place:

- Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m.

- Wednesday, Aug. 20, 8:30 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public and no reservations are needed. They'll be hosted by local astronomers. For more information, call (231) 838-8181. Plan to meet at the stone gate within the park at the listed start times above.

As home to one of the world's few internationally designated dark sky parks, Emmet County enjoys unpolluted access to one of humanity's richest resources, the night sky. In order to take advantage of this natural wonder throughout the region, the County's Parks and Recreation team has invited a host of area astronomers, amateur and professional alike, to set up their telescopes and share their knowledge and enthusiasm overnight, Wednesday, June 25, at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga on Pickerel Lake. This evening activity is free and open to the public -- you do not have to be a registered camper at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga to participate.

The team of astronomy enthusiasts on hand will include Bryan Shumaker, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ambassador and founder of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club at Raven Hill, as well as Mitch Groszko, member of the Capital Area and Northern Michigan Astronomy Clubs.

Wednesday evening, June 25 is two nights before New Moon phase, so the night sky will not be diminished by moonlight. Naked-eye objects of interest will include the planets Mars and Saturn, as well as the brilliant stars Arcturus, Vega and Capella.

"Each of our astronomy enthusiasts has their own area of interest and expertise which they are really keen on sharing with the public, so this will be dynamic opportunity for everyone involved to learn more about the night sky and to enjoy the wonder and beauty of natural environments on Earth where we can experience it," said Mary Stewart Adams, Program Director for Emmet County's International Dark Sky Park.


The next scheduled event at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park will take place Friday evening, June 27th "New Moon Stargazing Picnic" and will feature the stories, research, science and discovery of the moons scattered around planets throughout our system.

Thank you for choosing Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga!

Petosega Welcome Letter

Download the brochure

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Policy on cancellations

Please note that cabin and recreation hall deposits are non-refundable if the reservation is canceled at any time.


Camp Petosega Brochure