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Old May 24th, 2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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Archie (my husband) is trying to put together a weekend camping trip with some of his co-workers sometime next month, but we are all pretty much new to the area.

Can anyone recommend a good camping spot? I'd say a good spot with this group would:
-have facilities for (almost) all levels of camping
-have fishing/boating nearby
-allow dogs
-allow drinking (not wild & crazy)

Also probably within a couple hours drive of the Pontiac, MI area.

TIA
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Old May 24th, 2007, 02:40 PM   #2
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I've always been a big fan of Archie.


I'd go with hayes state park on Wamplers lake outside of Brooklyn. Has everything you're looking for, and less than 1.5 hours away
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #3
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Old Orchard Park outside Oscoda. Great place and big!
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when I was a kid we used to camp at pontiac lake state park.

you could always try the states website for campground listings

www.michigan.gov
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I realize it may be best for families and such... but it always disappoints me when people have to consider facilities and things like hookups and that for when they go "camping"

Sometimes seems hard to find places nowadays that aren't just a "here, pitch a tent next to this RV"

I know this doesn't apply to this thread, it just strikes a nerve. Mainly because it annoys me when people claim "I <3 camping!" when they're scared of goin' someplace without a flushable toilet
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Rifle River Recreation area if you will be willing to drive to Rose City.

Holly Recreation Area if you want close to home.

Both are Michigan State Parks.
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I realize it may be best for families and such... but it always disappoints me when people have to consider facilities and things like hookups and that for when they go "camping"

Sometimes seems hard to find places nowadays that aren't just a "here, pitch a tent next to this RV"

I know this doesn't apply to this thread, it just strikes a nerve. Mainly because it annoys me when people claim "I <3 camping!" when they're scared of goin' someplace without a flushable toilet
Actually, it does apply. I wasn't sure what the level of his co-workers is, still don't actually, but it seems Archie doesn't care Apparently (I found out AFTER I posted this thread), he wants something closer to wilderness camping than an organized campground. Any recommendations?
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you could always try the states website for campground listings

www.michigan.gov
Yep, but I am well aware of a huge difference that usually exists between the quality of state-run campgrounds. I was hoping folks would vouch for some good ones.
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Yep, but I am well aware of a huge difference that usually exists between the quality of state-run campgrounds. I was hoping folks would vouch for some good ones.

The one on the back side of Lake Margethe, just west of Grayling, is nice. Most sites are on the water. No electric, well for water. Nice outhouses. There is also Burton's landing, and Keystone landing, just east of Grayling on M72. Both no power, well water, outhouses. Best suited for tenting. Burton's and Keystone are on the Ausable river. Bring a canoe. - Ed
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Dang - thought I posted this - campground fees in state (rustic) campgrounds doubled this year to $20/night.
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Archie (my husband) is trying to put together a weekend camping trip with some of his co-workers sometime next month, but we are all pretty much new to the area.

Can anyone recommend a good camping spot? I'd say a good spot with this group would:
-have facilities for (almost) all levels of camping
-have fishing/boating nearby
-allow dogs
-allow drinking (not wild & crazy)

Also probably within a couple hours drive of the Pontiac, MI area.

TIA
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How wealthy does one have to be to want to go out in the woods and pretend they are broke and homeless?
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I've had good luck and good times in Port Austin/Caseville area on the tip of the thumb
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How wealthy does one have to be to want to go out in the woods and pretend they are broke and homeless?



Ya want to see why I do what I do?

Both from my trip last summer into the Porcupine Mountains. 4 mile hike in to their rustic cabins on Lake Superior. Watching the sunsets on the water every night was tradition for us. Picked a cabin incased it rained... but basically they just give ya four walls and a roof, you bring in everything else. Saves on space on having to pack in tents.

Going back into there in June. Hitting up Mirror Lake. Grabbed a cabin around there for a night so we'd have access to the lake. Hiking out to Shining Cloud Falls for Saturday and making a day of that. Come September, plan on trying to get a group into the Pictured Rocks for a weekend.

The problem for the trolls? This is all in the UP. 8 hours or more to the Porkies. 5.5 to pictured rocks from where I'm at. Both worth it though.
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