we first passed by this campground on a canoe trip along the manistee river, and flagged it to return to stay another time. we finally went last fall with our pup and had a really nice, peaceful weekend trip. our site was spacious and wooded, gorgeous colors in the fall. there aren't very many sites and they are spaced out well. only two other sites occupied all weekend.
it was cold and rainy so we passed on hiking. we decided instead to drive around and explore the traverse city area and some of the dog friendly parts of sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore. had a great time and would definitely recommend it
we were hoping to come back this spring and backpack the fife lake loop, with one night camping here. seems like a great spot for that kind of trip. coronavirus got in the way, but we might try again in the fall.
I love going around September so quiet a few people there loads of trails to walk on and people are very respectful I keep going every year
Fantastic little campground, right on the Manistee River. Potable water and vault toilets so it's definitely rustic. It was super quiet when we were there so we had a great time. The NCT follows the river right into the campground so you can backpack in or car camp.
Great for kayaking/canoeing as well. We put in upriver a ways where there was parking and got out right at the campground. It was close enough that we could follow the trail along the river back to our car since we only had one. Awesome spot!