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Old July 12th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #1
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Ok, here are my thoughts. I have a week of vacation coming up, so I thought I'd take a couple of those days and take my 9 year old son, and my 01 TJ up north, hit some trails and do some camping. I'm thinking of something we can drive to, set up camp and wheel for a day or so then drive home. I'd probably want easy to moderate trails as we will likely be by ourselves, and I have yet to have this jeep off-road. Basically I'm looking for some good father-son bonding time.

What do you guys recommend?

BTW, jeep is an 01 TJ, 4" lift on shitty 33's. I do have a winch and strap for self recovery.

I know solo wheeling is never recommended, but finding someone to go with us is unlikely.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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In your case, I'd head to Silver Lake.
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4" lift and 33's should be able to wheel any of the public trails in michigan no problem.

Depends how far you wanna drive, but you and your son would have fun at silver lake because of the ability to camp, but also have stuff to do at night.

If you want more rustic head to west branch, st helen or grayling and bounce around on the two tracks.

Also check out the parks, rocks and valleys,twisted trails, etc.
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4" lift and 33's should be able to wheel any of the public trails in michigan no problem.

Depends how far you wanna drive, but you and your son would have fun at silver lake because of the ability to camp, but also have stuff to do at night.

If you want more rustic head to west branch, st helen or grayling and bounce around on the two tracks.

Also check out the parks, rocks and valleys,twisted trails, etc.
Could not have said it better myself.

I have a 10year old son myself and recently took him to windrock in TN for just the same kind of bonding. It is good to do
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Old July 13th, 2011, 04:46 AM   #5
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I'm thinking a 3-4 hour drive would be reasonable. I'd go farther, but with the price if gas that would kill my budget. The only thing I've heard about silver lake is the dunes. Is there more to it? I'm more of a two-track kinda guy.

Thanks for the tips
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Old July 13th, 2011, 05:33 AM   #6
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you could always head over to Rock and valleys in harrison,mi
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I'm thinking a 3-4 hour drive would be reasonable. I'd go farther, but with the price if gas that would kill my budget. The only thing I've heard about silver lake is the dunes. Is there more to it? I'm more of a two-track kinda guy.

Thanks for the tips
there are two tracks in the area, I don't know how many or how scenic they are.

what do you want as far as camping? campground? water? bath house? rustic? random spot on state land?

I don't know about your son, but when I do father son trips with my 5 year old a little night life (putt putt, ice cream, go carts, etc.) makes the trip a lot more fun for us both. That's why I suggested the silver lake area.

West Branch/St. helen has a ton of two tracks, the rocks in st helen (if you can find them), but neither town offers up a whole lot of other stuff to do for you and your son (at least last time I was in either).

Rocks and Valley's is very cool, but I am uncertain of what the local camping options are.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 07:35 AM   #8
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The good thing about the dunes is the things to do in town in the evening such as the go-cart track, put-put golf, and bumper cars all within walking distance of most of the camping... also boat and jet-ski rental
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I was just in harrison last week with the quads and the jeep. There is a nice state park campground right in town (Wilson State Park), and at least one more north of town. Rocks and Valleys is right there, but they are only open on weekends so i didn't get there. There are lots of two tracks and seasonal roads all over, we cruised in the Jeep all day starting just north of town and ended up in Houghton Lake for lunch and then back. Nothing too serious, only needed 4x4 once or twice, but there are lots of areas to explore. Along the Muskegon river and around the Leota/Denton ORV system there are all kinds of two tracks...take a GPS! Plus, in Harrison there are restaurants and the like, and some go karts and putt putt type stuff, and of course there is ALL that stuff in Houghton Lake 20 miles away (unless you take the Jeep route). And...it's only a 1-2 hour drive from Lansing area...
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Harrison is sounding like it might be the place to go. My boy doesn't need much to stay entertained. I'm assuming I'll need to pick up an ORV sticker. As for camping amenities, we dont need much. A campsite with power and toilets would be nice, but we can just as easily pitch our tent anywhere. Any other advice would be much appreciated.
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Harrison is sounding like it might be the place to go. My boy doesn't need much to stay entertained. I'm assuming I'll need to pick up an ORV sticker. As for camping amenities, we dont need much. A campsite with power and toilets would be nice, but we can just as easily pitch our tent anywhere. Any other advice would be much appreciated.
If you're just doing R&V you will not need a ORV.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 04:05 PM   #12
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R and V for the win! Always some groups to wheel with
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Will be going during the week so it looks like r & v is out.
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Drummand Island, you can 2 track for days there, and very scenic
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Heard good things about Drummond. Ferry across I assume...

Just checked the distance. Too far for this trip, but definitely in the que for the future.
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Yup, if ya go make sure you buy a map and STAY on the OHV trails
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Looking like we are going to go up to Harrison. If anyone has gps tracks or waypoints I'll take em. Thanks for all the help!
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DOA is coming up. I'll be there. Look for it in the Trail Rides forum.
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I had my GPS with me the whole time, but didn't record anything. It helped a lot having it though, cause you could get turned around up there. On my Garmin most of the two tracks and trails I was on were actually on there, and you can always get back to a main road somewhere. A good place to start is the area around Leota ORV trailhead. From the State Park, go north on old 27 (the main drag). you'll cross under the interstate (127), after that go a few miles to Bailey Dr (the main road 27 curves right, and Bailey (dirt) goes straight). You'll be looking for Pierce Rd on the GPS, but Bailey Rd turns into Pierce I think. Along Pierce Rd before you get to the trailhead parking there are two tracks and seasonal roads going north and south. One is called Carp Trail, going North. Just get on one of these and go for it, they'll be lots of trails to follow and turn onto from there. Some are just old two tracks, some are actual ORV routes, some snowmobile trails...you get it. And yes, I would get an ORV sticker to be safe... have fun! PM me if I can help anymore.
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Sounds fun. I've only done them in the winter near Rose City
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