the dyrt
Magy C.
Clinton Twp, MI
Joined August 2018
Exploring the world with my person and fur babies 🌎🌍🌏
Tiny little gem!

This campsite was awesome! We camped right on the lake and due to how small the campsite is (only about 8 sites max). No reservations. You self-register when you arrive. The campsites were nice and flat, not too many trees but most provided and amazing view of the lake.

So much to do/see

Our first night here there was a tornado watch so we decided to move our gear around and sleep in the car as not to risk any damage to our tent etc. One thing to also keep in mind is that if it is raining almost every site we saw at this campground was extremely muddy! Ours was awful. The next morning when we woke up we hiked the escarpment and summit peak. Due to weather conditions that’s all we were able to hike but the views were incredible and the hikes were fun!

The view!

We stayed on site 4…it was absolutely beautiful!! The view of the bridge was amazing during the day and at night time. You have to get site 4! We did have trouble stealing our tent down in a couple spots. We think there is concrete under the dirt.

Social camping

if you haven’t been to the rifle river, I do suggest going just because it’s a Michigander past time. Going up for the weekend with a group of friends and floating down the river in tubes/canoes/kayaks and drinking your day away! The water is not clean however, and if you find yourself floating down and feel the liquid courage kicking in telling you to climb a 100ft rock wall—DON’T. Our last trip my boyfriend fell from the top and contracted a flesh eating bacteria. Lesson is that fresh or open wounds anywhere and this water don’t always mix well 😅 but that should not scare you from having your own laughable Rifle River stories!

Great Camping

One of the best times camping we’ve ever had. Loved the campsite! Would highly recommend this park! Good, scenic hiking trails…with lots to explore!

Great hiking!

Loved the length of the trails. Easy terrain to work on pacing yourselves. Even found a spot to stop off and chill out in our hammock! It was a very hot day (85+) but the hike is very shaded!

Good camping

Very very busy campground. I don’t think there was an open site while we were there. Our site was right near the playground, and although we have no kids it was not bothersome AT ALL surprisingly. They have a few cabins to rent that have decent privacy. As well as bathrooms and showers —not the nicest but definitely bearable. Hiked to the water that was clean and easy to swim in and walk in with bare feet, too!

Very clean!

Loved this campground! Perfect place to camp and hangout. So many activities for EVERYONE. They even have doggy play pens for the pups where you can let them roam off-leash. the bathrooms and showers were super clean and someone was always in there keeping them that way. Very easy drive to the lighthouse, too!

Scenic Hikes!

For our campsite not being ‘private’ it felt that way. We were there towards mid-late September and not too many people were there. Our campsite backed up to a creek which was nice for a little nature walk but also connected to trails leading you to the beach and dunes. It was perfect for a short little getaway! Very close to the beach!

Beautiful views

I loved this trip, but it was VERY VERY crowded. The hikes here, although advertised for any level, were pretty rugged terrain and lots of elevation changes as well as trails on cliffsides. We are avid hikers who are used to all sorts of terrain, but you might want to make sure you don’t dress for a walk in the park like we witnessed so many people do. With that said, we rented a cabin that was super clean and great customer service! Very pleased and definitely plan on returning!

Beautiful

There are plenty of sites all along the shore of Lake Michigan! it gave the illusion of our own private beach and even though we had a camper at the site next to ours it was still very private because of all the trees in between. Waking up to the sound of crashing waves was so relaxing. It even thunderstormed while we were there and it’s still one of my favorite camping trips ever! Plus nice hiking trails as well!