Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2020

A Paddler's Dream Camp

Sometimes you spend a long time getting somewhere and you think,“Why haven’t I ever come here before now?” I grew up in Michigan and had no idea that Drummond Island even existed, let alone had ever come close to it. Now, that I know it’s there, I plan to return, again and again. The campground run by the township on Drummond Island is, kind of like the island itself, a step back in time– but in a good way. Tucked away in a little rocky bay on the north shore of the island, protected and lovely, the campground seems like it hasn’t changed much in 40 years. But what more could anyone want, than a lovely campsite next to the water, with a rustic stone firepit for$15 a night? 

Many of the sites have electricity which only costs an extra $5 if you’re in a trailer, $3 if in a tent. Rustic pit toilets are clean and come equipped with the standard Michigan pit-toilet bouquet (seriously, what it up Michigan?). We arrived after a steady week of rain and the campground was quite muddy in spots. But this was also a result of the record high water level of Lake Huron. 

This is a paddler’s dream launch site, we left our boats on the shore for the week and jumped in them whenever the desire arose. Islands, rocky ledges, and fossil hunts lie around each headland. For those more adventurous paddlers the county has put together a number of paddler’s trails complete with suggested campsites, stop in at the visitor’s center for more information. 

The township has several restaurants and a nearly full-stocked grocery store where you can find all of your basic supplies if not every variety of your usual food stuffs– no shortage of booze though. The island is famous for its OHV trails, and there are some weekends you may want to avoid if motorized recreation is not your thing. We got out on the water and found ourselves practically alone.

  • Many waterfront spots were available.
  • The digital nomad life.
  • Gorgeous sunsets!
  • A good amount of space between sites.
  • We plugged in for a night to charge our battery, but when the sun came out, we went solar for the rest of the week.
  • Cute picnic shelter in the center of the campground.
  • Pit toilets, clean but stinky.
  • A bit muddy at the end of the season and after some serious rain.
  • Discover the geology of this area to learn about Puddingstone.  So cool!
  • To find these babies, you'll have to kayak around to Fossil Ledges.  You'll be greeted with a motherload of them along the shoreline.
  • Found on an island that we paddled to from Drummond, part of a wildlife sanctuary.
  • You can almost always count on Michigan for a beautiful sunset.

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