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North Manitou Island Backcountry Campsites

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National Park Service

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Camping on North Manitou Island offers solitude and a wild beauty and nights listening to lapping waves.

The small Village Campground contains eight designated campsites, two fire rings and one outhouse. There is a limit of two tents and four people per site. Fires are permitted in the community…

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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Dispersed
  • Group


For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Alcohol
  • Fires


5 Reviews of North Manitou Island Backcountry Campsites

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Steve D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2021

How did I not know this place existed??

THIS PLACE IS AWESOME! Taking a ferry is definitely an experience but then they drop you off in an old abandon village. From there you take off in any direction and find a cool place to camp. There is a central lake, bluffs, cool weather in the summer and great trails.

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Dalton B.
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2018

Adventures to be had on North Manitou

N. Manitou Island is part of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and is located in Lake Michigan and offers days of discovery to be had. To get to N. Manitou you will take a ferry in Leland, Michigan that will take you to the island. You can stay for a day trip, backcountry camp, or stay at the…

  • Camp set up over looking Lake Manitou.
  • Sun set over Lake Manitou.
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Jen W.
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2018

Acres of pure wilderness

Plenty of history and wilderness on this reclusive island of Sleeping Bear National Forest. NO ACCOMMODATIONS. NO FIRES PERMITTED. NO TRACE CAMPING. Do some research before hand. Rumor is there are iconic sites not on the maps provided. Great fishing on the inland lake. Southern portion near…

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North Manitou Island Backcountry Campsites is located in Michigan


45.1067956 N
86.0835676 W

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