Jen W.
Spring Lake, MI
Joined August 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 cemetery and cabin is desert like and debatable if it’s worth it. Island is 7 miles across but worth the truck. Ferry or boat required.

Great for kids and adults alike.

Camp store with old school candies and ice cream, beach area, docks available on a series of recreational lakes with decent fishing. Permanent sites available. Golf carts are helpful to go to the beach down the hill and across the street. Very family friendly.

Fish from your site

Nice pool area. Plenty to keep the kids busy. If booked in advance there are some great walk-in sites where you can cast a line right from your picnic table. Clean, quiet campground.

Decent State Park

Nicely shaded and decent state park, which is surprising for the limited area. There are stairs down to the “beach area” that is maybe a foot of shore. There’s a beach down the road further if you want, but it stunk like rotten fish. Still the facility was clean and moderately quiet.

Close to Bridge and Dark Sky Park

Stayed here a couple time. Decent Sites, and good stopping point before the bridge. Close to Dark Sky Park. Great kayaking. There’s a strip of islands at the point of the park.

AMAZING Scenery

Have not camped here yet but the whole area is amazingly beautiful. Yurts and Cabins available. Definitely Seasonal. the road is not plowed completely in winter.

Very Camped

Packed like sardines. Stones get picked over early but still the best I’ve found. Sandy Beach just down the road. board walk great for biking and jogging. More of a Glamping Park, with little shade.

Rock Hunting

Be sure to check out sites before hand, some are far better than others. Well shaded. Stones get picked over early. $31-37/night. Vast bike trail. Bike rental available. Fairly quiet for a large state park.

Lakeshore & LARGE Sites Available

Minimal Accommodations, port-a-jon. Close to Charlevoix. $17/night. Walk-in sites. Lakeshore sites. HUGE sites. Most sites can easily fit a few tents. Firework for sale by independent supplier near office. Kayak to the island. Pretty quiet and peaceful. Large campground. Less people on the South end. Very tame wildlife.

Quiet spot of US2

Minimal accommodations. Very small. Undefined sites. Reserve yours site with the general store up the way and get supplies. Apple tree on site. Lake Michigan kayak access but too overgrown for a boat.

Great spot South of Munising

Minimal accommodations, AKA well and port-a-jon . Near Au Train Falls. On 8 mile Forest Lake, with access. $15/night. Walk-in and lake sites. Beautiful, quiet spot with many regulars. Great for respectful campers. Great Dark Sky View!

Great hiking

One of the best hiking spots in W MI. Campground well shaded. Short hike to beach and trails. Land and trails stretch the lakeshore down to Ferrysberg at Coast Guard Park. Name actually PJ Hoffmaster State Park. $25-37/night. DNR strictly enforce drinking and late night beach visits.

DT GH experience

Close to Downtown Grand Haven and boardwalk, on sandy beach of Lake Michigan. Ideal for RV camping. $21-37/night. Cottage available too. Book in advance! End of July-early Aug this small town is packed due to Coast Guard Festival.

Disperse Camping on Lake MI

Best location in W MI for disperse camping. Parking is limited. $6/night. NO ACCOMMODATIONS. Hike in only. Only 1 mile hike. Do not bring large coolers, you see many left behind. Raccoons will steal unsecured food.