Northern Highland American Legion State forest- Plum lake is a long name.
They check in is at Crystal Lake and it's kind of hard to find plum lake if you don't know the area. That is THE ONLY bad thing I have to say.
This is a rustic campground. No electricity or running water. It does have a hand pump if you need water (it was really cool and easy to use). Vault toilets.
Most campsites are "non reservable" but we were able to reserve 1209. Right on the lake and next to the creek. The map makes it look like it is a "hike to" campsite. It is not. There are 4 stairs. You just can't bring a trailer.
I cannot say enough on how great the camp hosts were. Toilet paper replenished every morning. Vault toilets were the cleanest I'd ever seen. It didn't ever smell like a vault toilet! They racked each sites sand after the campers left and stacked left over wood. It was wonderful.
The beach isn't really a typical beach. It's a grassy field that has a set of stairs to the lake and all the sand is under water. But holy moly, the view! See the pictures.
I would have given it a 3.5 but whole stars are required. We took a chance on driving 1.5 hours to Carney Lake State Campground and we are pleased that we did. The sites were first-come first-serve and we were lucky to get a site on the lake. The downside: the lake was pretty rocky and mucky. If I wouldn’t have forgotten my water shoes I would have been fine. It is a small park with wooded sites. Site #9 looked to be the best one, there was a clear view of the lake and there was a little railing which was almost like a patio or deck. We camped in our popup camper, there was a few 5th wheels and a few tents. Everyone was very friendly.
We had broken glass all over our site. The park staff apologized and brought us a nice bundle of wood for our trouble.
Loud cars, trucks and semi’s were traveling the roads outside of the park at all hours. Drivers took great pleasure in stomping on the gas and racing past at an almost ear deafening sound.
The beach was really nice and the playgrounds were great for the grandkids.
Maybe a site further away from the road might make a difference in the background noise
I truly wish I could give Zero stars for this park. The park itself is in a nice location, but the manager has clearly chosen the wrong career path. We had nothing but electrical issues the entire time we stayed there in a very hot part of summer and the managers answer to the problem when I brought it to her attention was, “don’t run the a/c if you’re having issues, no one else seems to have a problem!” On top of that there is a sign forbidding just about everything you can think of posted everywhere at this park….save your time and go elsewhere.
Great campground 20$ a nite with electric and water!!!!!Some have sewer. Beautiful walking trail along river. Quiet. Campsite for tents and RV. Call for directions lol The gps takes you to the old back entrance. The owner was an awesome lady she helped us find a repair guy for a breakdown. They do not take credit cards !!
Some sights could be mowed but hey for this price and this location so what!! Definitely will return
Spots are very close to each other and not secluded. Trails from the campground to the beach and fishing are were nice. Unfortunately when we went a group of drunk kids came and picked the spot next to us and were very loud and wandered through our spot looking for wood and the trail.
Loved the hike in, decided to walk the whole loop and unfortunately the bridge at the end was under water and we had to turn around and walk back instead. Lake was gorgeous and the hike in wasn’t too bad.
Most of the sites looked like they had been deserted for years. A few good sites for campers though. The primitive camp sites couldn’t fit a tent if you tried. Bathroom was clean but no one at front desk or to answer my calls.
Quiet campground across the road from the busier Crystal Lake campground. Convenient to the lovely bike trail that takes you to Boulder Junction and Manitowish Waters.
Clean quiet campground. Private sites and spacious grounds
We went there last year in mid June. Secluded deep in the woods. Plenty of campsites to choose from. And each site is pretty private from the next site. We choose a beach front site perfect to launch the kayaks. The only thing that overwhelmed us was the mosquitos! We last two days and moved on. Next time we will be a little better prepared!
Stayed at Van Riper a few years ago. Had my son's 6th birthday party here. We were able to grill our food at our camp site then brought it over closer to the beach where we set up in the grassy area. This area has scattered trees for those who wanted shade and those who didn't. The kids were are to play on the beach or the play ground equipment. Very nice and relaxing way to celebrate.
Stayed here 2 nights and fished the lake in a 3 person boat. The lake is non-motorized and even though we were there the week of 4th of July, there were very few other campers. Only 1 or 2 other boats on the lake all through our stay, and some swimmers at the beach, the lake being non-motorized was very quiet and peaceful. Boat landing is gravel and a tad washed out, but fully usable for the small trolling boats that are allowed here. There were 3 RVs at some sites closer to the campground entrance but besides the occasion generator, they were very quiet and kept to themselves. Caught lots of Brook trout, smallmouth, and other panfish. Apparently large Northern reside in the depths, though we weren't lucky enough to hook one of the monsters hiding in the middle of this 80' deep lake. There is a small island that looks accessible by boat or swimming across the sandbar from the beach, but we didn't make land, just looked at its beauty from the water. There is a nesting bald eagle we continously saw while fishing as well as a young eagle hiding in a large tree near our site. There are also a pair of loons who weren't hard to spot every few minutes. Campsites are varying sizes and decently spaced, although some seem to be a little close together, it wasn't hard to get a good site on the lake with no neighbors. Every site has a picnic table, lantern hooks and a large metal fire ring with a heavy duty attached grill grate. Bathrooms are decent and centrally placed. Sunsets were fantastic, lake is crystal clear. Bugs are insane, but it's a part of the territory. Be prepared to make battle with the huge mosquito population of the Northwoods. Other than that, gorgeous location, secluded and pristine but only 6 miles to some amenities and attractions in Watersmeet, with a tavern and even the casino just a short drive away.
Nice flat dirt sites, clean water pumps, well maintained toilets and a shared sandy swimming beach. Nice hiking trail runs from Spectacle Lake Campground to Kentuck Lake Campground. Quiet area, close to Phelps, Eagle River and border of Upper Michigan. Boat launch in campground.