General Campground Information

Check-in/Check-out Information

Check-in begins at 1 pm for RV/Tent sites, and 3 pm for accommodations! If you need an early check-in, please give our office a call to check your site's availability. 
Check-out time is 11 am.

Store Hours

May 1- October 15: 10am-6pm every day. 
October 16-April 30: Reduced Office Hours! 10am-2pm every day.

Firewood Policy

Michigan Department of Agriculture restricts moving firewood more than 10 miles, due to invasive species of insects. We will not be allowing any outside firewood in the campground in an effort to help protect our beautiful northern Michigan forests. Firewood can be purchased at the campground for $6.99/bundle, and can be delievered straight to your site. Thank you for doing your part to help preserve the forest for generations to come!
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Advance reservations are strongly recommended. We follow KOA's national cancellation policy.  Tent & RV sites that are canceled by 4pm 48 hours prior to arrival will be refunded minus $10.  Cancellations made after this deadline forfeit the deposit amount.  For cabin reservations, 7 day notice is required in order to receieve refund minus $10 fee. Lakehouse cancellation made by 4pm 14 days prior to arrival will be refunded minus $10.  Cancellations made after these deadlines will forfeit deposit.

Speed Limit

Help us keep our campground safe, and adhere to our 5mph speed limit.


You may appear in pictures or film that may be used in advertising, news reporting, public relations or other activities regarding the campground. Reservations at the campground or a visitor's pass constitute your consent for our campground to use any pictures or films it deems appropriate without payment, inspection or review.

Look out for Loons!

Big Bradford Lake is home to its own family of loons. They are threatened in Michigan, and are protected by federal law. Please refrain from using lead sinkers/jigs, and retrieve all fishing line.

Visitor Policy

Visitors must register before entering the park and receive a guest pass. Admittance fee required. Please ensure all visitors arrive/register prior to office closing, and are adhering to campground policies and guidelines.

Quiet Hours

To ensure the comfort of fellow campers, please observe the quiet hours from 10pm-8am.

Lake Rules

Please be courteous and respectful of our lake neighbors! No wake 6:30pm-10am. Watch for loons and steer clear of them, their nests, and chicks. Please use lead free sinkers/jigs when fishing. Fishing licenses required. No littering!

Pet Policy

We welcome your fur babies with open arms to all of our sites and accommodations. We do not have any breed restrictions; however, aggressive dogs of any kind will not be tolerated. Your pet must be kept on a leash at ALL times, except when visiting KampK9, and must be picked up after.

Meet Your Hosts

The Jordan Family

See you by the lake!

Hello! We are the Jordan Family: Chris and Elizabeth, and our boys- Nathan and Noah. This will be our second season at the Bradford Lake KOA, Formerly Headwaters Camping and Cabins. We are so excited to be sharing another camping season with you, our guests, on beautiful Big Bradford Lake! Offering the perfect lakeside retreat, this little campground has quickly become near and dear to our hearts since we made it home back in 2022. Since then, we have been hard at work to provide you with a wonderful camping experience. Renovations are actively underway, bringing with them all of the modern amenities expected at a KOA, while maintaining the same lakeside charm that made Headwaters so loved. It is our hope that we can make your stay a memorable one, forming camping memories for you and your loved ones to last a lifetime!