Heidi S.
Dundee, MI
Joined July 2018
Keeping my kids outside as much as possible enjoying nature locally and internationally.
A must go stop when camping in the Midwest

A required destination for anyone in the mid west region. Beautiful trails with waterfalls, hills and lookouts. Full site hook ups, shelters or no electric tent sites.We were there for the Athen’s Marathon. Trails were close by. Sites were spacious and shady.

North country trail back country camping

Awesome and beautiful trails. We did 5 days and a 60 mile trek along the trail and the views were unbelievable. Fresh water you can filter along the trail but plan ahead. Designated camping so plan your hike out in advance. Well established sites with enough room to spread out if you book the group sites. Driving to hurricane river or little beaver lake would be good. You could also park at little beaver lake and hike around the lakes. The beach there is nice. Or go to twelve miles beach and hike to the lighthouse.

Camping, fishing and lots of life

A family campground buzzing with kids and families. I have camped in a pop up several times here. It can get very busy and sites are very close with slight shade. Best option is to book sites at the ends of the loops if you have kids. Gives a little more space, more privacy/shade and less traffic. There is also new bathrooms/showers. If you have little kids it’s much easier there as they are private rooms and you can take more of a family shower with more space and a locked door. They have movie night outside and have generous ice cream servings for sale at their camp store. There is a great fishing pond where we caught fish, they even had a tournament and gave out awesome prizes when we were there for the kids.

Ok camping if the lake is not under restrictions

Nice state park with typical family camp amenities. Used a pop up camper, some shade trees but very limited (assume full sub sites). Some hiking and biking trails. Swimming if the lake is not with bloom (which happens a lot) but is close to sites. Normally I am not very comfortable letting my kids swim here due to the water pollution and bloom). There is some wildlife around on the trails and a sandy beach to play on though.

Nice campground small and quiet town

quiet campground right on the water. Bait and convenience store across from entrance. Good hub for local hiking and activities around the area.

Hike-in campsite option

We took advantage of one of the hike in only areas along the waterloo trail. Trails were not very clearly marked and part of the hike was on the road. No facilities at the site. Our hike out we shared the trail with horses which was not ideal as our backpacks often scared the horses so needed to always talk so they knew we were just humans. There is a Horse camp not too far from the hike-in campground which is reported to have running water. The trails were not very easy to follow to locate the horse camp, so we didn't end up making it over there and instead collected water from a nearby pond and filtered it.

First to Review
Family camp on memorial and labor days

Activities and more activities dropped in the middle of the forest. Ponds, ropes courses, amazing staff, food options available. Variety of cabins or camping available. Fishing, climbing walls, swimming, and trams to get you around. Indoor pool. Christian siminars and concerts.

Typical family campground, with rolling sandy hills near by

Campground with all the typical amenitie for family camping, running water bathrooms, electric sites, playground equipment/swings,. Visited with a large 38 foot RV and had a drive through site. Fun but very steep hikes to the beach through the sandy hills. The views however were amazing and the kids LOVE running down the sand hills.

Camping if you prefer activities vs nature

Campground is right off the expressway and surrounding area are farm fields. There are some trees but I wouldn’t call this camping in a forest by any means.camped in a large 38 foot RV and had space but close to others.

Beautiful lake front backcountry camping

There is an actual campground, but we chose to hike in about a mile and then camp on the beach. It was beautiful, the water almost looked Caribbean ocean blue. The sand was clean and secluded enough. Only complaint was that some previous campers didn’t always seem to know practices for camping without facilities and we found a bit of toilet paper along the ridge of the hills. Otherwise awesome place, also porcupines and raccoons are there. Be sure you are hanging your food.

Drive in campground that is like a hike in site

If you like to rough it, but be able to drive to your campground, this is your place. Get back to nature here with no running water or electric. There is a clean outhouse and a well with a pump that has fresh cold water. Perfect spot to go down the river and then bike back and get your car or go down the river and get out at the bridge. There is group camping right on the river as well which makes it a great place to stop and stay a night as you go down the river as well. In addition we have almost always had the place to ourselves with only a random other camper here and there.