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Old February 24th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever been to any of the Ludington State Park Campgrounds? I can't believe how fast they book up. I'm planning a trip in August and so far I was only able to book a site for one of the nights that I want to go. I have a site at the Beechwood Campground. Is it a nice place? Which of the 3 campgrounds(Pines, Beechwood, Cedar) would be the best to try to get?
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Old February 24th, 2009, 03:23 PM   #2
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Been there many many times, Beechwood is the best, get a site towards the back of the campground. Awesome hiking, beautiful beaches, sand dunes, light houses, sunsets and a awesome downtown. If I could live their I would.


Have to go to the old hamlin inn for breakfast and house of flavors for ice cream!
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Old February 24th, 2009, 03:29 PM   #3
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If you have trouble getting in there you might want to try
Michigan state recreation campground just north of Ludington
at the Nordhouse Dunes. Its a NFS campground that offers very large sites and great hiking trails. They also take resevations.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #4
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I don't remember which one is which but the campground that is furthest from Lake Michigan is the nicest.
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I don't remember which one is which but the campground that is furthest from Lake Michigan is the nicest.
Beechwood
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Old February 26th, 2009, 11:37 AM   #6
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RockyMtnMike, if the State Park doesn't work out, Cartier Park might be a good bet. It's right on the same road as the State Park, and I've had a good time there before. I'd recommend Lot 146 if you can get it - nice trees back to the east, the west can be a little more exposed. http://www.cpcampground.com/new/index.php



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If you have trouble getting in there you might want to try
Michigan state recreation campground just north of Ludington
at the Nordhouse Dunes. Its a NFS campground that offers very large sites and great hiking trails. They also take resevations.
Nordhouse is very cool, but be forewarned that it's "real" backpacking. There are no wells for drinking water - you'll need a filter to pull from the lake. No toilets either (maybe there's an outhouse by the parking area, but it's quite a hike to get back there).

Ridgerunner, where have you seen that they take reservations? I've never heard of that. Thought it was first come, first served. In any event, I've been there on Labor Day weekend when the parking lot was packed, and we still had a private, quiet campsite and couldn't see anyone else until we hiked over a ridge.



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Old February 26th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #7
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i used to live in ludington, the town is great....i dont remember which campground it was but i always liked the sites closest to the beach. and as ridgerunner said the state land between ludington and manistee has lots of two track trails that you can even just drive back and set up camp wherever you want. there is also another campground just on the south side of ludington called bittersweet i do believe, but i could be wrong on the name....moved away about 6 years ago
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and i forgot one more thing, if your into beer at all you should try jamesport brewery...they have some good brews
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there is a campground on the south side of the pier so you need to take longbridge road then go over to lakeshore drive and go to the end...always spots and right on the lake...i live outside of pentwater.
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You have to book right when the 6 month time frame starts. I mean exactly! we usally go in may and september because we can't get in in the summer. We absolutely love it. if you have kids we have found that this si one of the best parks for them.
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ludington is a really nice, family freindly state park. lots of stuff to do, paved bike trails around the campground, all that good stuff. if i had kids it would be the perfect campground. not having kids, i dont really go there anymore.
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ludington is a really nice, family freindly state park. lots of stuff to do, paved bike trails around the campground, all that good stuff. if i had kids it would be the perfect campground. not having kids, i dont really go there anymore.
Dude, you don't take Scottie when you go there too, do you?
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Dude, you don't take Scottie when you go there too, do you?
not after last time
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