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Old 04-08-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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Lake Michigan Shoreline Campgrounds in the U.P.?

I'd like to find a nice campground that allows you to set up camp with a view of Lake Michigan. So, somewhere between Escanaba and Mackinac. Ideally in the general region of Manistique.

I tried scouring the forums for previous threads about this, but have been unable to find anything, so any tips or advice would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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Wife and I camped at a nice one at the mouth of the Two Hearted River. I don't have a map in front of me to tell if that's in your area or not, but it was a nice quiet campground on the lake.

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Old 04-08-2015, 06:44 PM   #3
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Hog Island state forest campground. Camp right next to the lake. No electric, pit toilets though if that matters. Closer to St. Ignace than Manistique though. Nice campground though.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:44 PM   #4
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Wow, that looks like a fantastic campground (near the Two Hearted River)...except it's on Lake Superior and not Lake Michigan. I'll be sure to keep it in mind for future trips, though. Thanks!
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Cyclebabble, that's 100% perfect. Precisely what I'm looking for.

Do you happen to remember if they have water available?

Thanks so much for the tip...I really appreciate it!
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:51 PM   #6
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Yes, there are hand pumps in a couple locations.


http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandt...=690&type=SFCG
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:55 PM   #7
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Excellent, thanks again!
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:15 PM   #8
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I'd like to find a nice campground that allows you to set up camp with a view of Lake Michigan. So, somewhere between Escanaba and Mackinac. Ideally in the general region of Manistique.

I tried scouring the forums for previous threads about this, but have been unable to find anything, so any tips or advice would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
I made it a point to take pix and give some info about the Lake Michigan shore campgrounds in the UP in this ride report I did on the Eastern UP. The idea was to help others plan a trip. Hope it is helpful.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:22 PM   #9
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My favorite was always Bald Knob near Gould City.

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandt...=687&type=SFCG

Quite a ways in from Highway 2. It's isolated and right on Lake Michigan. Not sure about seeing the lake from your campsite though because there are a lot of trees.

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Old 04-09-2015, 05:23 AM   #10
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Wow, that looks like a fantastic campground (near the Two Hearted River)...except it's on Lake Superior and not Lake Michigan. I'll be sure to keep it in mind for future trips, though. Thanks!
Lake Michigan? How did I miss that extremely minor detail? Time for new glasses.

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Old 04-09-2015, 07:09 AM   #11
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My favorite was always Bald Knob near Gould City.
It's "Big Knob"....not "Bald Knob".

There also used to be a rustic campground south of Gould City, right on Lake Michigan. Locals call it "Scott Point", but I think the official name is "Gould City Township Park". A very pretty spot, but I have not been down that way in years....I don't know if they still manage the campground or not.

There is also a small little campground on Epoufette Bay, just a few miles west of St. Ignace.

Here is a map that lists these, and a couple of other potential spots.

http://www.uptravel.com/campgrounds--73/
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:19 PM   #12
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Depending on your needs ....

Here's one in Gladstone, MI - http://www.motocampers.com/forums/sh...487#post125487


More rustic, also on Little Bay De Noc - http://www.motocampers.com/forums/sh...tha-Nat-Forest


Closer to St Ignace - http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hiawa...13293&actid=29



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Old 04-10-2015, 07:21 PM   #13
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It's "Big Knob"....not "Bald Knob".

http://www.uptravel.com/campgrounds--73/
Ah, yes!! I stand corrected. I must of been thinking of the Bald Knobbers of Ozark fame.

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