44.121235, -86.422626, Free Soil, MI
Let's Go Camping: Lake Michigan Recreational Area - Free Soil, MI
We are camping at Lake Michigan Recreational Area in Manistee National Forest with hikes at Ludington State Park and Nordhouse Dunes. Lake Michigan Recreational Area is a 4 1/2 hour drive from downtown Chicago.
Tentative Schedule (Attendance is Optional):
Thursday: Setup camp, enjoy an evening by the campfire.
Friday: Hike at Ludington State Park.
Saturday: Hike the Nordhouse Dunes.
Sunday: Head for home.
We are camping from Thursday, August 15 thru Sunday August 18. The cost will be $40. This fee includes Dinner Friday and Saturday Nights, Breakfast Friday and Saturday Morning, Firewood, Campsite, misc. supplies, and paypal fees. Any leftovers will be cooked Sunday for Breakfast. If you have any suggestions for meals or would like to plan the menu, please email me.
Refund Policy: Full refund will be given until August 8th at 11:00 pm. No refund will be given after 11:00 pm August 8th.
You are responsible for Dinner Thursday Night, all Lunches, Snacks and all Beverages. Alcohol is allowed.
We have reserved group site #1 for Aug. 15 to 18. This is primitive camping (pit toilets only, no showers or flush toilets). Lake Michigan is a couple blocks away. There are flush toilets at the family campgrounds. We have only 5 spots at the campsite for cars. There is overflow parking 1 block away. Overflow spots require a National Park Parking Pass for $5 per day or $15 per week. Also Ludington State Park will require a State Pass.
Carpooling: Please include in your RSVP if are looking for a ride or can offer a ride.
Well behaved pets and kids are allowed. Pets must be leashed at all times.
Lake Michigan Recreation Area:
Lake Michigan Recreation Area is perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, 15 miles south of Manistee. The area creates an incredible setting with a scenic overlook of the lake and a sandy swimming beach. This campground provides an array of hiking and biking trails, plus swimming, fishing and kayaking
With 3.5 miles of bicycle/hiking trails within the campground, two observation decks, a beautiful sandy beach with swimming area provided, and a playground at the nearby picnic area, this campground is ideal. The best thing about this campground are the sunsets. They are breathtaking.
Nordhouse Dunes: The Trail head for Nordhouse Dunes is in the Lake Michigan Recreation Area.
The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness area is popular for hiking, camping, hunting, nature study and wildlife viewing. There are approximately 10-miles of trail that can be accessed from 2 developed trailheads at the end of Nurnberg Road and Lake Michigan Recreation Area.
The Nordhouse Dunes are interspersed with woody vegetation such as juniper, jack pine and hemlock. Plant life is varied and includes the Federally Endangered Pitcher's Thistle. The sand beach along the lake varies from narrow to wide and is home to the Federally Endangered Piping Plover, a shore bird that nests on the ground in small cobbles. The interdunal ponds, small water holes and marshes, decorate the area. Dune grass covers many of the dunes and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species.
Ludington State Park: Ludington State Park is 22 miles from Lake Michigan Recreation Area.
Ludington State Park is comprised of scenic sand dunes, a shoreline vista, ponds, marshlands and forests. It is situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan with several miles of shoreline and beaches on both bodies of water.
Enjoy a hike on one of the eight marked trails that cover 18 miles, and take note of the variety of trail markers and information kiosks along the way, which provide some fascinating historical and natural facts about the park.
The park boasts over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Here you will find lofty sand dunes, virgin stands of evergreen and hardwood trees, soft, sandy beaches, and an extensive network of hiking, skiing, biking, and canoe trails.
This site offers wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities from its extensive trail system. There are more than 18 miles of hiking trails, with an additional 12 miles of cross-country ski trails. Walk the Skyline Trail for some spectacular views of high dune ridges and Lake Michigan. Hike the Lighthouse Trail to Big Sable Point Lighthouse to sample a bit of Michigan’s maritime history.
From the south, take US-31 north 11.5 miles from its junction with US-10 at Scottville, then left onto Forest Trail Road (FS 5629) for 8 miles to the site.
This is a fun trip. I hope you can make it.
Refunds offered if:
Additional notes: Refund Policy: Full Refund will be given until August 8th at 11:00 pm. No refund will be given after 11:00 pm August 8th.
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