Ottawa National Forest, MICHIGAN
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Wide open spaces

Nice play parks for kids but tenting is in a field with no privacy. Close to town and the chain of lakes.

Great State park!

Big sites, paved roads, nice camp store, beach area is so so, but the multiple lakes and canal are awesome. We try to get to this park once a year.

Short secluded hike in sites

The hike to these sites is very short. We paid when we parked. It’s a great place to camp if you want to experience being in the woods for the first time. We stayed on the south loop which has 6 sites. The sites still feel very secluded and private. There is a fire ring and picnic table at each site. There is no bear box and there definitely are bears (during one camping trip some hunters treed and shot a bear in the early morning and we saw them carrying it while hiking out) so you’ll want to hang your food. There was access to the lake from our campsite.

Stunning landscapes

We camped at Presque Isle in the Porkies for a long weekend in October. The color change was amazing! This campground is rustic with only vault toilets and no hookups. There is a section that allows generators during certain hours of the day, a non-generator area and a few walk-in sites. There are a few sites which are along the cliff side looking down to Lake Superior, we were lucky enough to reserve one of those, site 2. It was a very large site, equipped with the standard picnic table and fire ring. Many of the sites back up to the woods, which were smaller and a little soggy while we were there. This campground is one of two in the park, Union Bay is the other more modern campground located right on the lake. The sites there are much smaller and crowded. I prefer the more remote Presque Isle campground by far. Less amenities but far less people. The hiking throughout this park is unparalleled in its beauty. The campground is close to the Presque Isle river trail which is waterfall after waterfall. The park has a ski lift we rode to check out the views from the top of the mountain, as well as an 18 hole disc course. It’s the hiking and rugged beauty of the area that is the main attraction, especially catching the fall colors surrounding Lake Superior.

Crowded, but for great reason

We absolutely loved camping at Union Bay! There were a lot of people, but they aren’t so close that it’s annoying. The sunsets on Lake Superior were amazing, and we even saw an awesome storm coming in that ended up just being a lot of wind. Totally recommend and will definitely be back!

Average campground in an above average area

We camped at Lake Gogebic for one night in July. Park was easy to find, check-in was smooth, and we were able to purchase firewood. Should you need to purchase any other supplies, I would recommend doing so beforehand, as there are not a lot of options nearby. The campground is not particularly large, and less than half the sites were full while we were there. There are 2 bath houses that were clean and had great showers. There is also a boat launch and swimming area within the park. Campsites were a mix of shade and sun. We had a site in the shade, directly on the lake. There were quite a few muddy spots at our & surrounding sites due to a lot of recent rain. We had to move our car to the parking lot to avoid getting stuck. Being on the lake was nice, and we were entertained by a group of baby ducks that liked hanging out near our campsite. Beyond that, there is little to do within the park itself. It is relatively close to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park & Lake Superior, which is where we hiked in the day time. The campsites were full at the Porkies, so this was a very convenient campground to stay at, but not a destination location on its own.

Beautiful views of Lake Superior

Great park with beautiful views of Lake Superior great facilities. We were there when the simple berries were ripe can pick them right off the bushes all over the park. Great place to stay while exploring the Porcupine Mountains. Swim area right outside of park enterance.


Nice park with native american history, loads of activities: horseshoes, water rafts, store, tetherball

Nice place

Camped here in the past, typical camground. Clean and friendly staff

Home away from home

My father came here with his family growing up and brought us kids for the last 20+ years. Three different generations have seen this place and it will continue to be passed down. There are several different campground spaces that are all different. Some provide camper access, walk in private access and water access. Cunard Lake allows non motorized watercrafts and has a great swimming area. You will wake up to the sound of loons and go to bed with the sound of them.

Gorgeous Views!!

We stayed last year and made a pact to go back every year! Unbelievable sights and very relaxed, uncrowded sites! If you like rustic camping this is a must see!

Favorite campground ever

Busy on the weekends, but empties out during the week. Amazing lake to swim in, beautiful quite hikes. Great showers and bathrooms. We go every year, and we always come back to Bewabic!

Campsite #30

Pet-friendly. Site was able to be reserved online for overnight tent camping - however, it was labeled a "day-use" or "group" area - not sure if this was a fluke or what. Beautiful site right on the shores of Lake Superior with amazing views. The campsite was really busy, the sites looked packed together offering little privacy. This site is tucked away in a corner so you only have one neighboring site. Flooding would be a concern if expecting rain.

Campsite #6

Pet-friendly. Site can be reserved. Shore access & trail access to many waterfalls within a short walking distance.

My First Time at Bob Lake

This campground feels very secluded in the woods. You have many spots to choose from right on the lake or further into the woods. They have a few outhouses, picnic tables, large fire pits and ours even had a clothes line. That's about all the accommodations you will find. We had a great time here. We found a spot with our own little beach front and got to watch the fireflies at night. The only problem we had were the mosquito's! Bring your bug spray!

Baraga State Park - not a place to camp if you want any sleep

Baraga is an interesting place to visit - but don't plan to camp here. The campground is literally a few yards from Interstate 41 - the trucks and noise make it impossible to catch any shut eye from any site in the park.

Campsites are small and when we went, totally muddy (Mid July) There is a small hole in the wall casino nearby. We golfed at a course a little north and it was like golfing in a cow pasture, but prices were right up there. (Had to take motion sickness pills to survive the ride back to the club house after only 5 holes.) Lake Superior is beautiful and there was a good steak house within 15 minutes.

Fort Wilkin, at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula is not worth the drive.

So much to do/see

Our first night here there was a tornado watch so we decided to move our gear around and sleep in the car as not to risk any damage to our tent etc. One thing to also keep in mind is that if it is raining almost every site we saw at this campground was extremely muddy! Ours was awful. The next morning when we woke up we hiked the escarpment and summit peak. Due to weather conditions that’s all we were able to hike but the views were incredible and the hikes were fun!

Weekend stay

Loved the water view from our campsite, unfortunately on the other side was the main entrance and a highway so vehicular traffic sound was prominent. Sites are large, with some tree coverage. Many families with kids and dogs. Well maintained and great walking and biking trails in the park and surrounding area.

Beautiful and Accessible Backpacking

Great for beginning backpackers and those who want a longer trip, the Porcupine Mountains offer 100+ miles of trails. Can make 2-3 day loops, or do in and out hikes. Beautiful views, old growth forests, waterfalls and rivers. Starting with the 2018 season, the backcountry campsites must be reserved in advance. Campsites have bear poles and fire pits. There are also a few cabins that can be rented, but don't allow dogs inside the cabins.

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Beautiful Campground!

We had a wonderful stay. It was late in the season (last week in September). We pretty much had the campground to ourselves. Temps were cool but that was expected for this time of year. The fall colors were at peak!!


Very nice Campground that is clean. Bathroons very clean. We had a very large lot in the back of the park opposite the water. By the water it was very windy.

Rustic Quiet and Secluded, Everything a Camper Dreams For

I've camped at Franklin Lake many times now. It is a gorgeous campground that is literally in the middle of nowhere, and I love it. Loons are always on the lake. The water is crystal clear. The beach is great, but if you have a site on the lake you can walk in and swim right there! Amount other wildlife bear are in the area, which is a testament to how off the beaten path this campground is. Despite this there actually is a building with flush toliets! There are plenty of places to hike in the area, and we've even done a little fishing in the area. We saw decent sized fish in Franklin lake, but didn't end up being able to catch any. (We just fish for fun so nothing serious here, I'm sure the fishing is great for those that are in to it!) I am eager to make plans to get back to Franklin Lake. It is just such a beautiful spot. The stars at night are some of the best I've seen with so little light pollution up there. The camoground has always been quiet and there's a good distance between sites. I'm eager to camp here again!

Wooded Sites Along the Lake

Musky Lake Campground is a nice campground. We camped mid-late June and had a nice little trip. Here's the good and the bad.

The good:

A surplus of dragonflies means that mosquitos were NOT a problem. As someone who gets eaten alive this is important.

Deer are rampant in the area. The loons on the lake are the epitome of the north woods! I camp to enjoy wildlife, so this is a plus.

Nice hiking trails nearby. Numerous bike paths as well.

Large bathroom facility with flush toilets and showers.

The bad:

Sites are close together. I prefer a bit more privacy than they allow.

Lake access from the site is…existent at best. I was able to launch my inflatable kayak very carefully between the sticks and weeds, though I'm not sure anything bigger or heavier would be worth launching from the site.

No beach swimming areas for dogs. There's a dog friendly picnic area, but it is certainly no place to let your dog swim.This was disappointing. Many of the trails are also off limits for dogs which is beyond me, though this is unrelated to the actual campground I'm sure.

All in all Musky Lake is worth checking out. There is a nice human friendly beach at nearby (you can walk there) Crystal Lake. The location is good, not too far from civilization for those who like a grocery store nearby.The sites were level and had plenty of room for our 2 tents. This area has to be on your list if you are a bike rider! I felt out of place because everyone up there had their bikes, and I could see why.

Great secluded getaway.

The cabins are large and the area is nice and secluded right on a lake. Swimming, boating, fishing, walking trails. Great family camping spot.

Beautiful Beach Camping

We stayed for a week in the Indian Mounds loop camground. This site is a few miles from the camp registration but worth it. There is a paved bike path through the woods all the way to the registraion area. We arrived at our campsite, unloaded the bikes, then proceeded to ride to check in. However, this is easily driveable as well. This is one of my favorite campgrounds for our lifestyle. Several of the most desired sites are on the water. These are particularly great because we can park our boat right at our site, they face west for sunsets, and the beach is absolutely perfect. The campground is on a large chain of lakes. I recommend heading into the town of Minocqua for shopping or just a night on the town. Hiking/biking trails are very close by. In fact,some of the best ones are right next to 5e camp registration. The lake is one of the cleanest ive ever been on. Campmsites are reasonably far from each other for privacy. Two swiming beaches are within a 2 minute walk from all camsites. Keep in mind, this review is onlynfor the indian mounds loop.

Beauty and grace

LOOOOOVED THIS CAMPGROUND! So worth the drive through the mountains for the rustic feel and amazing scenery.

Clean, modern- not a lot of privacy- except the yurts - they are phenomena!

Right on Lake Superior, best sites are often booked early- but the yurts are considered “back country “ even tho East yurt is next to a private parking spot and West is 70 yards away both with direct private access to Lake Superior

Beautiful location, Very Muddy!

We were there over Labor day weekend. Campground was full. We had rain so everything was really muddy. Site are all just in the grass or dirt. I wouldn't recommend camping there with a tent if rain is in the forecast. Sites are close to another but it's nice to have electricity. Setting is beautiful.

Beautiful location, Very Muddy!

We were there over Labor day weekend. Campground was full. We had rain so everything was really muddy. Site are all just in the grass or dirt. I wouldn't recommend camping there with a tent if rain is in the forecast. Sites are close to another but it's nice to have electricity. Setting is beautiful.

Gets the job done

Simple and works. Showers run out of hot water fast.