Angelia R.

Pro

Brownstown, MI

Joined July 2018

Hidden Gem

Though this area is usually busy, there is plenty of trail to explore here. We found a quaint opening with gorgeous water where the colors complimented each other. A beautiful spot for a quick lunch and as long as no one is across the way, good for a nice dip. Set up a tent and camp at one of the rustic campsites. There are options to drive in and camp. Campsites can be pretty buggy so bring your screens, hats and spray! Awesome backcountry camping spot in a populated area.

Loop de loop

Beautiful loop that I can’t wait to stay at for a night or so! Went 3 years back for a mid day hike in the winter and it was gorgeous with snow and ice! The campsites are first come first serve and they are rustic. If you are a minimalist, this loop is for you! The trail is only about 8 miles but it would be easy to spend a day next to the water or a little inland. We saw canine prints and heard the call of the wild during our winter hike, and had zero issues with meeting our predator neighbors. Remember to respect THEIR territory. Stopped for a hot soup lunch with our stove and warmed up.

Family Reunion

Went last year for a family reunion so to speak. We stayed in a tent at a campsite. Campsites are not necessarily spaced out but adequate space for your tents, RVs, trucks, etc. Beautiful view of the water, however the beach is usually busy so it can be difficult to find a clean spot. Not too many shady areas so be sure to bring cover or shade if it’s a hot day! Has modern bathroom access and it usually pretty clean. Easy access to park and playground. Bike and walking trails can be accessed as well.

Good for a short, quick getaway for a short weekend.

Versatile

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.

Negwegon

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!

Traverse City

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!