The scenery was beautiful in the fall. The leaves really give it a gorgeous picturesque appeal. This trail/campground is very versatile. You are able to kayak to campsite directly on the river but also do through hikes or backpack, and camp in different atmospheres. Hike in and do a 2-3 day hike or hike in for the day and enjoy the beautiful scenery if you’re crunched for time. Though a very popular spot, going on the weekdays allows some solitude but also comraderie when seeing the fellow hiker.
This campground you need a reservation for and there are four campsites right off the water. These campsites are hike-in and/or kayak in accessible which makes for wonderful views either way. The campsites are spaced enough so that even if they are all booked you wouldn’t know it. Each site is about a half mile from each other. Site number one is big, spacious and almost right off the trail in. It has a wonderful beach view and a rustic toilet. On the beachfront there is a bear hang for your overnight stay. This would be a great place to take your pup if you have one!
It’s a well kept campground with plenty of sites. They are RV ready as well as tent camp ready. It may not be right on the water but across the street is close enough; there is a nice bridge to walk over the road so you don’t have to stop for traffic. The restrooms are clean and very capable for busy season. Behind the campground is a wonderful bike trail that goes all the way up the Lelenau Peninsula.
The only issue we had was when I had to get a jump for my car and the DNR staff there was not very helpful. Other than that, it is a wonderful location!