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Terry
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What is/are your favorite Michigan campgrounds (State Parks, State Forest Campgrounds or private) and why do you like them?

The State Parks that I've enjoyed camping at are: Sterling in Monroe; Port Crescent in Caseville; Muskegon; South Higgins Lake; Aloha on Mullett Lake; and Petosky.

I like these parks because they're clean, quiet (when I've been there) and all are on the water.

The only State Forest Campground I've camped at is Reedsburg Dam on the Muskegon River about 4 miles west of Houghton Lake. It's a rustic campground (pit toilets, no showers), but the setting is great with lots of places for fishing and hiking.

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I have not been camping at an organized campsite like the ones you mentioned since the early 1980s. Unless, you count the gang that went camping up by Holly last fall and we spent the night in a motor home and a large trailer home.

But way back when, we camped at Sterling and had the tent set up on a site right on the water. We could hear the waves hitting the boat which was pulled up right into the campsite.

Did something similar down in Ohio on Lake Erie around the same time frame. Otherwise, I have spent many a weekend in a tent with an inflateable mattress while camping on private property.

Then, there is the cabin which is more like camping than the trip last fall in the motor home.


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Have you ever been to rifle river rec. area in rose city this is my favorite park ?

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D.H. Day campground on Lake Michigan on the peninsula between Empire and Glen Arbor has to be one of the best in the state. Miles of dunes and shoreline all to yourself. From there you can ride your bike to lots of neat places. I like to ride across to Suttons Bay, if you enjoy 40 mile bike rides.

There's a campground in the tiny town of Empire right next to the little airport that is awesome too. Its about 1-2 miles inland, but its right in the woods. Huge sites...you can barely see the neighbors. Very private and isolated.

My 2 favorite by far...

As for state parks, I like the Ludington campground...but I heard from someone last year that its getting "run down":? I haven't been there in years. S. Higgins Lake is nice but I've never stayed there considering my family's cabin is 1 mile away from it.


 

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been a long time but, Mc lain st. park in the U.P.  out of the many places i've stayed, that was the best ( for the family and friends).  we'd pick one of the sites where we were looking out on superior.  copper harbour wasn't far away and a few small towns not far away.

http://www.michigandnr.com/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=423&type=SPRK

the other was Brevoort Lake Campground, right off 2 after the bridge. it's a national forest camp ground. around 1/2 the sites you can pull your boat up to your site. they have their own boat ramp. it's a big lake with many spieces of fish. and if you want rustic, there is little brevort lake just past town.

compared to the many other nice campgrounds, i liked those not only for fishing but when we stayed it was never crowded like most camprounds.

Brevort lake forest office had contour maps with markings for where all the fish baskets were placed etc.

Last edited on Mon Apr 27th, 2009 09:44 am by ebijack

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Here is the latest link to our state closing state campgrounds.  Brevort Lake is listed as being closed.  Here is the complete list from the DNR website.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/State_Forest_Campground_2009_Closure_List__277338_7.pdf

This is but another sign of the times.

Good Fishing,  MOOSE

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New member so I'm resurrecting an old post, but have a good one. It's fairly rustic and is not a "state park", but I love Rollways. If you have a canoe or kayak take it with you. Some of the best crappie fishing in the state can be found on Loud Dam Pond nearby.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/rollways-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72183



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