Best Place to Camp in S.W. Michigan or S. WI ?

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  1. The Fist

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    Im trying to plan a trip with a few friends to go camping somewhere in Michigan or Wisconsin...

    Keeping in mind the following criteria, please give any feedback/recommendations that come to mind.. Thanks...

    1. Must be somewhat secluded (read- No RV parks, busy campgrounds)
    2. Campfires must be allowed
    3. Dogs must be allowed (even if on leash)
    4. Accessible trails/water are important, but not mandatory
    5. Must be within 4 hours (max) from n. chicago

    Im really just looking for a nice quiet spot with some trails nearby -- hoping to enjoy some fall colors with cold beers and good company; is that so hard to ask ?

    thanks
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  2. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Lewistown, IL ? :dunno
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  3. The Fist

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    Not a bad call...but...need some new grounds to explore...
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  5. The Fist

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    "Bong" huh-huh...cool.... :stoned

    Thanks alot, but I have already camped there a few times -- plus, the Kenosha troopers are far from tolerant...
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  6. katoom525

    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    $75 bucks per night. Check out hte whiskey creek lodge in lower Michigan. You ride right onto the big O single track loop 85 miles of heaven. Or just ride dual sport till your ass falls off.

    Or you can camp for 15 bucks per night.

    The $75 is for a cabin with showers and electric, microwave, and an outdoor grill. Sleeps three, One double and a set of bunks. Ir you're going there I want to go!
    http://www.whiskeycreekmichigan.com/lodge.shtml
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  7. The Fist

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    unfortunately, my friends don't ride; so Im not looking for a moto-type camping spot....Whiskey creek is a sweet spot, but Im not sure its geared toward non-motorized campers.........

    any other suggestions ??

    :ear
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  8. The Fist

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    Im up for that in a few weeks -- Taki and Mike are takers as well...Howabout 1st weekend in November ?

    We got a helluva deal at the EconoLodge for like $50/night (two queen beds-- I slept on the air mattress) right in Cadillac -- less crowded than the big O and tons, I mean TONS of trails....
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    katoom525 Been here awhile

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  10. Misery Goat

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    Peninsula State Park in Door County is a great campground.

    Plenty of bike/hiking trails.

    not sure about campfires (doubtful).

    it's proly not what yer looking for but it's the only place i know that comes close to your criteria..


    Peninsula State Park
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  11. chain

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    What you are looking for is private ground my friend.

    ever considered a canoe trip?

    We used to do alot of weekends on the river......... lotsa fun :freaky

    Vermillion River near Ogelsby ( raft rental available)

    Mackinaw River near Mackinaw Illinois
    ( Canoe rental Available)

    Kaskaskia River near Rockford ( not sure about rentals)

    Southfork of the Vermillion near Danville ( National Scenic Riverway)

    Turkey Run In Indianna canoes available

    Apple Creek near Galena pretty much privat ground in JoeDavies County

    Springlake Campground Manito Illinois


    Just a few thoughts
    hope it helps

    chain


    ps
    Be catious as hunting season starts friday.
    otherwise you would be welcome at the farm.

    you havent even begun to see all of Fulton and Schuyler Counties.

    let me know I may know somewhere you can camp on the spoon river.
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  12. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    I got canoes if you want em, one man kayak too if anyone is interested.


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  13. The Fist

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    Thanks for the info--

    Im really looking for something in michigan, kinda near where we ride the big o and such..... but Im looking for something not moto-orientated....

    keep the info coming...

    joe--thanks for the offer, I may take you up on it...
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  15. rayder

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    Check out Lake Michigan Recreation Area between Ludington and Manistee on the coast. Borders the Nordhouse Dunes wilderness area so you can camp as primitive as you want, or stay in the campground and just hike the trails. I know people who make it up from chicago in four hours depending on... what is it you guys have down there?..oh yeah, traffic.
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  16. Fireman88

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    Why not try the Monroe, WI area, which is about 35 miles west of Janesville, WI. The Cheese Trail is there and that is great dual sport riding.
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  17. RiverRat280

    RiverRat280 Been here awhile

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    Why not drive a little farther and go up to the apostile islands up by Bayfield WI. You could take a ferry to Madeline island or do like I did and ride up there and rent kayak, kayak out to one of the islands and camp out on the island. You cant get more secluded then out on an island. They have boats that can take you out to the islands too if you don't want to kayak.
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  18. The Fist

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    Funny you say that... We just took a 4 day trip up to Stockton Island... absolutely beautiful; some kayak'd, some took a water-taxi--- we had a f&ckin' blast !!...

    My parents own a lake cabin in Lac du Flambeau and my brother goes to school at Northland College (in Ashland) so Im no stranger to the Northwoods... unfortunately, its about a 6 hour drive to Minocqua...
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  19. Taki

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    Hmmm....
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  20. chain

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    6 hours is chump change especially with the suv and a trailer. Lets plan a summer ride at the folks place
    think theyreare up for it ?
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