DeTour - Lake Superior State Forest
Sherrie W.
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2020

Camping in a Pandemic

This was our first camping vacation since COVID-19. Our intent was to find somewhere isolated, beautiful and allow travel without risk and DeTour State Forest met these expectations for us. Not once did we have a physical distance concern at the campground. We left home with a 6 hour drive to our location. It was easy to do in Michigan stopping only for bathroom breaks preferably at rest stops. Michigan proved to do a great job at keeping these cleans with many other travelers wearing masks. We arrived at the park to find a nice peaceful location. Despite part of our camping occurring on a weekend, the 21 sites were never full. The road coming in is twisty and single lane. This could be a concern given the amount of RV’s and large recreational boats that were staying at the campground. Of the 21 sites some were spacious and private, while a few were packed in groups. Chose the out ring of sites if seeking privacy. Many were deeply tucked back from the road and you could create privacy by positioning your site behind your car. The 2 pit toilets were large and clean. The back section of campsites on the outer ring back up to beach. The beach was what made this place incredible. No matter where you camped a virtually private beach to Lake Huron was less than a 5 minute walk. Of our 4 days camping and daily visits to the beach, only 2 times were there others on the beach and we were easily about 1/4 mile apart. As a mom, I was ecstatic to find a beautiful beach full of small dunes, cool rocks and beautiful geography with a shallow bay that my kids could explore pretty far away from the beach without going above their belly buttons. Waves were calm and the sun glistening on the lake was incredible. If you need to get supplies, I recommend heading East to Cedarsville. Here you will find a great fish market with a selection of locally caught fish and a distillery to fill your growler. You should also pick up your firewood here as you cannot get it bundled at the state forest. The Village of DeTour was tiny and I couldn’t find firewood, but there is a grocery. I was a bit disappointed by the amount of RV’s and overnight generator use. But the stars at night are beautiful and the amount of bird songs throughout the park are amazing

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