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Yankee Springs Recreation Area, MI - Long Lake Outdoors Center - Rustic Cabins

Yankee Springs Recreation Area, MI - Long Lake Outdoors Center - Rustic Cabins

Long Lake Outdoor Center in Yankee Springs looks, sounds and smells a lot like Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The scent of pine fills the air, wind whispers through the tall trees, birds sing in the forest and the trees cast shade on rustic cabins. A former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, Long Lake Outdoor Center is a registered historical site.

Yankee Springs is about a 3 hour drive from downtown Chicago.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday:  Arrive to camp.  Meet, sit by the fire, play games, chat.

Saturday Morning:  Take a hike.

Saturday Afternoon:  More hiking, explore the area, relax, or nap.

Saturday Evening:  Potluck, sit by the fire, play games, chat.

Sunday:  Morning Hike?  Head for home.


$30 covers cabin rental, firewood, and misc expenses (Pay fees, etc).

Rustic Cabin - Heat/Electricity, No Flush Toilets or Showers. (Vault Toilets).  There is gas heat and electricity.  No high current appliances allowed (heaters, hot plates, etc.).  No cooking in cabin.  No pets.  There are 2 bedrooms (bunk beds) and a common area in the cabin.  We will have 1 bedroom for women and the other will be mixed.  There is an outdoor fire circle.  Water pumps have been turned off for the winter.  You must bring your own water.

***Note:  The current reservations is for a cabin that sleeps 12.  When we get 12 signed up, I change my reservations to a cabin that sleeps 20.


We will have potluck Saturday Night.  Please bring a dish to pass.  You are on your own for the rest of the meals.  I'll cook pancakes in morning. 

Please add a comment if you need a ride or can offer a ride.  


Things to bring:  

• Bedding (Sleeping Bag/Pillow, etc.)

• Food, Beverages, Cooking Equipment, and Coolers.  Alcohol is permitted.

• Personal Hygiene items.  Vault Toilets only.  Water has been shut off for the winter.  You must bring your own water.

• Games for the evenings.

• Spare shoes/boots and lots of socks.

• Flashlight/head lamps, medications, spare glasses, spare keys, bag chair (If you want to sit outside by the fire.), etc.   

• Water canteen, sun glasses, compass (GPS) for hiking.

• Map of area and direction to get there.


About Yankee Springs:

Yankee Springs Recreation Area was once the hunting grounds of the Algonquin Indians and the famous Chieftain, Chief Noonday. The site was established in 1835 and the village was made famous by Yankee Bill Lewis who owned and operated a hotel along the stagecoach run from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. The rugged terrain, the bogs and marshes, the lakes and streams, and the unique beauty of the park's 5,200 acres lend itself to many forms of recreation.

A modern campground is located on the shores of beautiful Gun Lake while rustic camping is available at Deep Lake. An equestrian campground and a youth organization campground also are available. Nine lakes are located within the park boundaries providing excellent fishing and water sports of all kinds.

As a year-round park, cross-county skiing on its more than 10 acres of Nordic ski trails, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all popular winter activities. Three special points of interest in the park are: Devil's Soupbowl, a glacially carved kettle formation, Graves Hill Overlook and The Pines, accessible from the extensive trail systems.

Favorite fair weather activities include 30 miles of hiking trails, 12 miles of challenging mountain bike trails, 9 miles of horseback trails, as well as two public beaches, picnic shelters, and two universally accessible fishing piers one at Gun Lake and one at Deep Lake.

Yankee Springs Map:

Long Lake Outdoor's Center Map:

Area Road Map:


Closest Wal-Mart (11 miles away, 15 minutes):

Walmart Supercenter, 1618 M-37, Hastings, MI 49058

This will be a fun trip.  I hope you can make it.


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  • Zak

    Kevin did a great job organizing

    December 10, 2013

  • Deb M.

    Would love to go but December doesn't work for me this year:-(

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - I'll have to back out of this one. Have fun!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Linda C

    I've heard great things about this place.

    October 17, 2013

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