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So in all fairness this was just a overnight stop for us traveling between Petoskey MI and Silver Bay MN. We arrived late since we had spent the day on Mackinac Island, but the camp host was nice enough to touch base with us while on the road and make sure everything was ready for our arrival. Due to the early freezing weather, water and sewer had been unexpectedly, but understandably, disconnected, but they made sure to have a hose ready for us to fill our tank (and the dump station still worked when we left). She set us up in a big spot with a huge firepit (we actually had 2 spots for the night) and had wood ready for us. We had a nice quick fire that night while we setup and made dinner. The next morning it was lightly snowing so we had a fire and breakfast in the falling snow. We did not get any chance to actually enjoy the area but it seemed like it would be a great place. Bathhouse was very clean and so was the campground. Met the owner the in the morning who was extremely nice and helpful in pointing things out and what to do. If we ever make it to the UP again we would definitely stay (and longer). He originally set this place up as a hunt camp but people started to want to stay during non-hunting season so he is open till it freezes and opens memorial Day weekend.
PROS: Nice sized sites
Right out of town but still in the woods
Close to river hiking trails
CONS: Didn't really spend enough time there to see anything negative
Part of the Noquemanon Trail Network for mountain biking.
First come, first serve and only rustic sites.
Some sites don’t have fire pits and are kind of a tight squeeze with precarious tree placement.
Not all sites are like this. Just get there early so you have better selection. There are only a few sites I don’t recommend.
Sites can be paid for in cash or at https://noquetrails.org/forestville/
Only an outhouse and no running water or showers. But, you should have close to full cell service.
I primarily stay on weekdays and don’t have an issue finding a site. However, weekends can get busy with all the out of town mountain bikers.
This campground is well placed for hiking as well. Sugarloaf Mountain and Hogsback are only a short drive away.
There are also numerous waterfalls within an hours drive of this place. Some easier to get to the others.
Great little campground. It's small, clean and quiet. You self register for check-in, there's a bathroom building with 3 stalls and two showers(women) and hot water. We purchased an RV site($20) even though we were camping in a tent so our truck and trailer would fit and it comes with water and electricity at the camp site. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire ring. The ORV Route is right outside the campground entrance and you can ride to the trail. You can also get ice and gas at the gas station in town by taking the alley. We stayed again in 2020 in Our RV. They have 4 pull through sites with full hook-ups;$25 a night. 50/20 amps, high water pressure.
On the shores of Independence Lake, just south of Lake Superior, sits this gorgeous, sparkling clean county park with a well-managed campground. Wasn’t expecting much, so was blown away by the facilities for the low price. Lots of site options: non-electric, with electric only, with full hookups, walk-in or boat-in sites on the water, as well as a couple cabins. Sites are nicely spaced apart, but not much privacy between them. We chose the site right by the boat launch, which definitely has the most privacy when it’s not boating season. Lots of deciduous trees, making the fall truly glorious!
The campground was about 10% full upon arrival, and everybody left before we did, so we had the place to ourselves. Did we mention how much we love fall camping?!? Bathrooms and showers are clean and well maintained and spread out throughout the campground.
Tons of hiking, mountain biking, and water sports of all kinds around. Nice boat launch facility, as well as special place to launch canoes/kayaks. A large picnic pavilion with stone fireplace sits right at the waterfront. This is a reservation only type of place (with a $3 nominal fee), but the website allows you to book for the same day, and there is decent cell service at the campground. Win win!
Stock up in Marquette before heading out here as there is only a small gas station convenience store across the road from the campground, as well as a small café and laundromat.
This was our last and least favorite campground of our week long MI trip. If the weather had been warmer I think we would have had more fun here because the beach and lakefront is gorgeous, but it was too cold to swim. Campsites in the modern campground are small and very close to one another, plus it seemed as though the modern campground was full of giant rigs and trucks. This made for cramped roads and little space to maneuver even our small camper. There are some bike trails that lead out of the park but they don't really go anywhere, they just ended about a mile down the highway. There was a bike park that kids were taking bikes and scooters on that looked fun. There are several playground areas, which was fun for the kids.