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Old August 20th, 2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Looking for somewhere to Camp on Labor Day weekend. We usually go to State camp grounds. But due to poor planning they are all booked up. Growing up we always went to private camp grounds in the U.P. Hoping someone here knows some nice private places maybe on the west side of the State near Lake Michigan. Thanks for any input.
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how far north on the west side?
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Old August 21st, 2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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Doesn't really matter at this point. Any suggestions?


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want a quiet private place to camp? pm me.
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In the late 80's and well into the 90's, we regularly went to Kibby Creek near Ludington. We haven't been back there in about 10 years, but it was always a nice and clean park. Very busy holiday weekends, and it's unlikely they would have openings. Nice flat lots though, with good turf... but short on shade on most, since the only trees are fruit trees (apples and pears.)

We most recently stayed at the Silver Lake Jellystone. Very nice camp. Big, clean pool. A little short on the number of showers, but workable. It was good and bad that Craig's Cruisers is RIGHT next door. You never really get peace and quiet until the carts are shutdown at the end of the day; at least, not where our lot was.

We really wanted to try Sandy Shores in Silver Lake, but they were booked. I believe they're the only ones with beach access on the property.

We're trying this out next: Vacation Trailer Park
We have a lot right on the river (Betsie River). It's less than 10 miles from Frankfort, which is on Lake Michigan, and they say it is a 20 min drive to Sleep Bear Dunes.
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there are some awesome campground on the east side of the state. Look into hoeft State Park near Roger City, Harrisville State park in Harrisville, or for a more rustic location, Negwegon State Park near Harrisville. FYI - Harrisville has sandy shores if that is important to you.
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Doesn't really matter at this point. Any suggestions?
http://www.bluffsresort.com/

this is our out of the way, get away form everyone, spot where we head after summer. They have a restaurant very close with a bar and some surprisingly hot bartenders.
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go camp in curtis,mi
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there are some awesome campground on the east side of the state. Look into hoeft State Park near Roger City, Harrisville State park in Harrisville, or for a more rustic location, Negwegon State Park near Harrisville. FYI - Harrisville has sandy shores if that is important to you.
I was just up that way a few weeks ago.....great beaches!!
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Always have a blast at White Birch Campground near Houghton Lake.

http://www.whitebirchcanoe.com/
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Always have a blast at White Birch Campground near Houghton Lake.

http://www.whitebirchcanoe.com/
THANKS! Just booked it.....
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Always have a blast at White Birch Campground near Houghton Lake.

http://www.whitebirchcanoe.com/
thats looks like a good place to go.
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THANKS! Just booked it.....
Well was it alright or what? Don is a really cool guy and his kids usually are pretty helpful when it comes to hauling wood to your campsite or getting you what you need at the store.. I forgot to mention they do a Houghton Lake "Store run" at like 7pm everyday.
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Well was it alright or what? Don is a really cool guy and his kids usually are pretty helpful when it comes to hauling wood to your campsite or getting you what you need at the store.. I forgot to mention they do a Houghton Lake "Store run" at like 7pm everyday.
Funny you should ask.....When we arrived on fri. They had no reservations for useven though we had talked with them four different times! We had called back to ask about dogs and firewood. We had asked for our own group and she said she had made notes.
I think it was the daughters fault, she doesn't seem real sharp!
We were very lucky to find two sites at Houghton Lake north.
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Funny you should ask.....When we arrived on fri. They had no reservations for useven though we had talked with them four different times! We had called back to ask about dogs and firewood. We had asked for our own group and she said she had made notes.
I think it was the daughters fault, she doesn't seem real sharp!
We were very lucky to find two sites at Houghton Lake north.
Im gunna have to call and give him some shit! i try to put his name out there and he screws up! haha At least you found some spots.
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